What pleases me most is when The Japan Times arrives at my house at 3:30 a.m., rain or shine. I’ve read it for 63 years.

I once advised a student who had failed the Tokyo University entrance exam to study The Japan Times’ editorials every day while consulting dictionaries. He followed my advice and made it into Todai the next year.

I fondly remember many enlightening contributors, including Kiyoaki Murata, Tsugi Shiraishi, Kazushige Hirasawa and Foumi Saisho. Today I no less enjoy instructive contributions by Takamitsu Sawa, Noriko Hama, Gregory Clark and others.

I sincerely hope your newspaper lives long and continues to inform us. On Oct. 30 I was 83.

mitsugi yanagita

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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