• Odawara, Kanagawa


Like many Westerners, I suspect, I was surprised to read in Hisahiko Okazaki’s Feb. 24 column, “Telling the truth at Yasukuni,” that “It is a historical fact Roosevelt induced Japan to carry out a first strike” against Pearl Harbor. I first dismissed this as historical revisionism along with the recent denials of wartime atrocities in China and Korea, but Okazaki’s piece inspired me to research this further.

I now concede that there would indeed seem to be a very strong case that the U.S. government did all it could to induce an attack, in order to bring the United States into the war. Furthermore there is a strong argument that the commanders at Pearl Harbor were deliberately kept in the dark.

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