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By SHARON BEGLEY

FROM THE ARCHIVES: March 28, 2003

East Versus West: One Sees

Big Picture, Other Is Focused

You ask two new acquaintances to tell you about themselves. The Japanese gent describes himself as “outgoing with his family,” “competitive on the soccer field” and “serious at work.” The Briton doesn’t parse it so finely, saying he is “friendly, intellectual and goal-driven.”