• Cary, North Carolina


Regarding the July 17 front-page article “Massive Tokyo rally decries atomic power“: Those people at the rally were brave in demonstrating their democratic spirit. I firmly believe Japan will find an energy solution that’s better than relying on atomic energy.

I was born one year after the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake. I married a U.S. citizen in 1951 while the United States was fighting North Korea. After my daughter was born, I had to renounce my Japanese citizenship because of my husband’s work status; otherwise, I could have been separated from my husband and daughter in an emergency. I learned about the makeup of America’s constitution and culture to become a U.S. citizen.

I understand that most Japanese people do not believe in one God or in Jesus Christ. However, they are survivors and will come together in a crisis, as they have in the past. They are practicing democracy far better than many American citizens.

Japan has made a tremendous recovery since World War II, and now it faces the aftermath of the 3/11 disaster and very serious energy problems. Forgive me for repeating myself, but the past ingenuity of the Japanese as survivors suggests that they will find their way without relying on atomic energy.

I just wanted to express my admiration for the bravery of the people at the Tokyo rally.

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.

joanne schmitt (nee udo)

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