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Re: “Barred from Japan for a teenage pot conviction” (Hotline to Nagatacho, Feb. 1):

As others will no doubt have already pointed out, you should never have admitted to anyone, anywhere in the visa application process or at Narita, that you had a minor drug conviction. That was extremely naive. You yourself state that the marijuana conviction was no more serious than a traffic fine. Would you have ticked off that criminal history check box if the only blot on your record was a speeding ticket or two?

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