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In 'Half Life,' Cloud Eye Control tries to see the unseen
In 'Half Life,' Cloud Eye Control tries to see the unseen

Japan's national confidence has clearly suffered lately, beginning with the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster and followed by the current economic recession and the air bag scandal. But dread, in Japan, is meant to remain under a typically exquisite surface. Japanese is not a language intended for expressing emotion in its vocabulary or uninflected speech. Politeness and mindfulness envelope the culture. Purchase a package of cough drops in a convenience store: It will be wrapped delightfully, and you will be treated like a business class passenger by the clerk. But when something goes wrong, direct response can be more troubling than cover-up. It is this emotional...

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