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I read with interest William Pesek’s Dec. 6 opinion piece, “Japan’s media needs to act as a watchdog, not a lapdog.”

The failure to understand and address painful national issues has been on my mind. I am a frequent visitor to Japan. Recently, for the first time, I visited the Yushukan war museum in Tokyo. I was particularly interested to see “Locomotive No. 31,” which I understand was one of the first (if not the first) vehicles that used the Thai Burma Railway. The accompanying description may be accurate, but it is not the whole truth.

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