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Romantic involvement between Japanese & Westerners dates back to the 16th century. The romances of the early-day couples sparked the imagination of the West, inspiring works of literature & art, among which the best known has been Puccinis Madame Butterfly, with the heroine as a passive, self-sacrificing, tragic figure. This image has endured & still influences contemporary thinking despite changing reality. This book provides a rare & realistic look at the Japanese woman of today, by focusing on topics like generational differences, dating habits & sexual mores, women in the workplace, family life, & culture life.