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When I was a teenager living in Tokyo, I was told to imagine a dystopia for homework. I wrote a Japanified Handmaid’s Tale, where women were mandated to fully concen-trate on their biological functions. I included a scene in which teenage girls in class-rooms fed robot babies, while a metallic voice on an intercom told them that they were “baby-making machines.” This was an actual quote by Japan’s health minister in 2007, I commented, in a heavy-handed footnote. I handed

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