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I am surprised that a research associate in any department at Brown would write such a silly letter to the editor of the BAM as that written by Takahiro Hiroi in the May/June 2012 issue (Mail Room, “Whose Truth?”).  As an apologist for a government and army that started the war in Asia, committing barbarous acts appalling in their number and style, he emphatically denied the existence of the well-documented Nanking massacre, while labeling as “massacres” the bombings of Japanese cities by the United States, long after Japan had clearly lost the war but advertised its determination to fight to the last man, woman, or child.

I do hope Mr. Hiroi exercises more careful scholarship in his chosen field of geology.

Mark de Regt ’74
Redmond, Wash.
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12/06/17
 
I hope you revisit the page with other people's comments: 
http://www.brownalumnimagazine.com/content/view/3166/40/ 
 
Many Americans have been educated in a biased way to justify its own country as other countries are, too. It is facts that US dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki civilians. 
 
However, there is no affirmative evidence that the Japanese army massacred civilians in Nanking. The story came out only at the time of Tokyo Court after the war based on a testimony. 
 
I hope this commentator and other Brown graduates will not deny history any longer as the US government has.
 
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