Ryohei Murata was the Japanese ambassador to the United States from 1989 to 1992, and I would like many people, especially Americans, to know what he wrote in his memoirs about the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

After describing the dropping of A-bombs and carpet-bombing of Tokyo and other Japanese cities in 1945 as “obvious violation of the international law,” he continues as follows: “Unless the U.S. President express regret, we Japanese will never forgive those crimes by the U.S. in our hearts, and I will continue to consider that Americans have a fundamental defect in their national character.”

To be frank, I cannot but agree with him. As far as I understand, besides the Holocaust, there were no more serious war crimes committed in World War II than those by the U.S. on Japanese civilians in that they were highly organizational, well-planned and extremely cruel.

Some may argue that Japan and the U.S. should be forward-looking and future-oriented, but I feel hesitant when I think of those who were annihilated by the U.S. at the final stage of World War II.


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