Can Japan Change Its Mind Set?
I wish to comment on "Why Japan won't act to save itself" (Commentary, May 18): Yudan tateki is a phrase, translated as "carelessness is the enemy," that was uttered some 50 years ago by Admiral Nagumo, who was responsible for the fleet during the Pearl Harbor attack. After discovering the success of the attack on Pearl Harbor and the apparent unpreparedness of the U.S. military, many younger subordinates were pushing Admiral Nagumo to attack again and knock out America's capability of using Oahu as an offensive base. But fearing for his fleet, Nagumo cut the attacks and went home.
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