I wish to express concern regarding Tomohiro Osaki’s Jan. 5 front-page article, “Patriotic few battle addiction to peace.” Already the headline is problematic. Using the term “addiction” to describe Japan’s pacifism implies that it is somehow a harmful thing that must be eradicated.

And to suggest that the young people in the article with different views are patriots is to adopt the narrative of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and others in government who view those who oppose the bullish, pro-war government agenda as unpatriotic and anti-Japanese.

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