The Tokyo Metropolitan Government will begin accepting public feedback in September about a controversial peace memorial hall to be dedicated to victims of massive U.S. air raids during World War II, officials said Monday.

The government’s plan to build a war memorial hall met with harsh criticism from many sides, in particular from those claiming that the draft for the contents of permanent exhibitions is based on what they call a “masochistic view of history.”

Debate has heated up over how the memorial should deal with U.S. air raids and Japan’s responsibility in the war. A government advisory panel gave up trying to hammer out differences of opinion over controversial issues. The metropolitan government will take public comments by fax or e-mail from Sept. 1 to Nov. 30. To have your voice heard, fax (03) 5388-1335 or e-mail seibun@magical3.egg.or.jp

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