Congratulations on your “Witness to War” series. Over 60 years after the end of World War II, time is catching up with many of the combatants and civilians who had firsthand experience with this major conflict. The work by your newspaper is important because the voices of these remarkable people will soon be silenced, and the opportunity to record their accounts will then be forever lost. I am especially humbled by old soldiers such as Akira Makino and Ichiro Koyama, who despite attempts by others to prevent them from speaking out, have found the courage to provide testimony of events that their contemporaries have found too painful or too shameful to speak about. Their candor is startling and should provide valuable lessons for younger generations, for whom good fortune has spared the misery and wretchedness of war.
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