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Whilst he has many critics, Debito Arudou’s articles are acceptable, nay desirable, on the basis of providing a well-rounded insight into the issues of Japan.

His viewpoints may be that of a minority, and it may be true that some readers are unable to connect with his experiences in any fashion, but his right to offer it for contemplation, that the reader may accept or reject, is part of the tradition of the free press.

The opinions expressed in this letter to the editor are the writer’s own and do not necessarily reflect the policies of The Japan Times.

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