I paid a short visit to the city of Nay Pyi Taw in Myanmar to interview applicants, and interacted with young bureaucrats in Myanmar. I was able to learn a lot from them. One of them introduced me to the Assembly of Union in Myanmar. It is equipped with a good library. One member of staff graduated from the JDS program. I was able to see one dimension of democratization in Myanmar.

In addition, I visited Uppatasanti Pagoda, where one removes one's shoes as a sign of respect. Long ago, this issue was deeply discussed in Myanmar. It is one example of multicultural friction. There are several ways to show respect in the world: taking off one's hat, the bow, the curtsy, and so on. As they say in Japanese, gō ni irite ha gō ni shitagae ("when in Rome, do as the Romans do"). I did as the Burmese people do.

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