Regarding Shuichi John Watanabe’s Oct. 13 letter, “Veterans group sees last days“: I must applaud Watanabe for bringing the fate of Japan’s World War II veterans to our notice, and the “calamities and sorrows” they experienced.

It is a mystery to me why their own government neglected them in postwar Japan. I can only think that they must have been the lone voices crying out in protest against the iniquities of the Burma Railway, the Bataan Death March, the Nanking Massacre and the mass slaughter of civilians after the taking of Singapore, Manila and Hong Kong, and other “calamities and sorrows.”

barry andrew ward

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