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Sixty years after Japan’s Constitution was promulgated, so many Japanese people, including the prime minister, seem to have no knowledge about how our compatriots felt when the war came to an end.

This is not surprising, because the prime minister himself was not yet born then and had no idea at all what role had been played by his grandfather in the War Cabinet. If Japan had beaten the United States in its own nuclear research in 1945, how would our leaders have acted? This simple question deserves some thought. In my opinion Japan would not have meekly welcomed the allied troops.

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