“The “Journey of Repentance” – a Tacoma peace group’s apology tour of Hiroshima and Nagasaki last summer – seems all but forgotten here, but it’s apparently still echoing in Japan.
A crew from one of Japan’s leading media companies, the Tokyo Broadcasting System was in Tacoma this week putting together a documentary on the Journey, including interviews with its organizers and a profile of this area.
Oddly – to me – some Japanese journalists have linked me with the Journey of Repentance, which was warmly received in Japan.
After The News Tribune first reported the plans for the Journey, we were deluged with letters to the editor. Some of our readers defended the trip, but most were incensed by it.
We printed many of the letters (here’s a sampling), and I wrote an editorial in which I tried to place the atomic bombings in the context of the massive attacks on civilian populations that happened throughout the war. (A single non-atomic bombing of Tokyo killed 100,000 people, but few living non-veterans have heard of it, as far as I can tell.)
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