• Obihiro, Hokkaido

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In his Aug. 13 letter, “So much ado over use of drugs,” David Williams laments the fact that Japan is “50 years behind America when it comes to the ‘evil of drugs.’ ” But I think that sometimes being behind the times is actually a good thing. It’s a horrifying thought to imagine Japan “progressing” so as to be more like the West when it comes to drug use.

Williams presents three U.S. presidents as examples of people who became successful despite past drug use. But their experience is more than outweighed by that of millions of people in the West whose lives have been literally destroyed by drugs. I don’t blame the Japanese for keeping this tragic reality out of their country.

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