Baseball's Far Eastern Division

Strike accelerates exodus to Japan

All in all, it's another history in the two nations' strange history of international trade.

As always, the Japanese are drawn to our anxious materialism and crass individualism; we're drawn to their efficiency and cleanliness and remarkable sense of decorum. They import burly guys who curse and swing bats; we import well-made stereos and cars.

As usual, we'll be on the losing end of the latest form of trade. Unless, of course, they can come up with some pitching.

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