• Stockbridge, Georgia


Regarding Naoshi Koriyama’s Aug. 12 letter, “America can atone for its mistake“: Let us ask how a nation could develop such a hate for another country that, upon developing the most powerful weapon in history, it would feel compelled to use such a weapon against the country?

Let us also ask how, once hostilities ceased, was it possible that, when that nation’s armed forces landed in the other country as an occupying force, no sanctioned violence was done against the country’s people? Instead, that nation showed a willingness to build up the former enemy country and to see the former enemy country’s people and their quality of life improved.

And then how, in the space of only 20 years, could that nation consider the former enemy country as one of its closest allies? Is there any example of Japan acting this way toward its enemies?

joseph valles

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