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Sunday, June 11, 2006


The danger of revived militarism

Kanazawa, Ishikawa

In his May 14 Counterpoint article, "Beware the muted enemy within remilitarizing Japan," Roger Pulvers propounds, with admirable bluntness, the problem posed by reviving militarism.

I was director of the Kanazawa American Cultural Center (ACC) for six years in the 1950s, and would agree that militarism was relatively unpopular then. Dislike of it was displayed particularly by scholars of all departments at Kanazawa University. They sometimes met each other for the first time at ACC lectures, seminars and symposiums. Those programs were often cosponsored by the university.

Now it is a different generation, and attitudes have changed. But that should not mean that mistakes of the past must be repeated. What is to be done? One would like to hear the full range of Japanese opinion about all this, and about how foreigners can help mitigate whatever dangers there may be.

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