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Regarding the July 18 article “10 climbers perish in Hokkaido“: These were not “climbers,” but weekend hikers usually found exploring gentle trails on minor peaks. Whoever organized the two casual tours into the Taisetsu mountain range sent these poor people to their deaths.

The tour organizers are guilty of far more than “professional negligence”; they are guilty of cynical stupidity. Why wasn’t there an experienced mountain tour guide accompanying these hikers (said to be mostly in their 50s and 60s)?

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