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What was the point?

Date Posted: 2001-10-08

I would like to offer my comments concerning the letter "Is 'Bushido' spirit in Japan dead?"

First, I am very confused as to the purpose of the message. What was the author trying to convey? He references a poll that states if the Japanese were called upon to fight, the majority would not (regarding the terrorists attack in the U.S.). Why would the Japanese be called upon to fight? They have a self-defense force but are prohibited by their constitution to have a military and engage in military actions. There is a reason for this and any American who resides in Japan via his or her connection to the U.S. Government should be thoroughly knowledgeable of this reason. On the other hand, the Japanese do contribute and one way they contributed during the Gulf war was to provide financial reimbursement of utilities utilized by U.S. military personnel stationed in Japan.

I am particularly amused by the author's attempt to incorporate "Bushido" into the argument as though Bushido represented every Japanese man and woman, past or present. Rather than I provide a lesson on Bushido, suffice it to say that the author apparently does not know the history of Bushido. Last the author states he will never betray the Japanese. O.K., what's his point?

I assume it is the policy of Japan Update to print all letters so I don't fault Japan Update. However, the author rambled on about nothing, had inaccuracies and showed a lack of history knowledge. I just shook my head in disbelief.

Ian Connery

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