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EDITORIAL: How small steps make a giant stride for enduring peace

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On this day 80 years ago, Japan declared war on the United States and Britain.

What made Japan rush recklessly into a new war when the conflict with China was turning into a quagmire?

Japan’s experience shows how seriously a nation can err when the government withholds information, restricts freedom and deprives citizens of their ability to make their own judgments.

Dwindling numbers of those who lived through that era make it important now more than ever to examine history and try to draw lessons from it. And just as vital to everyone alive today is to live up to their responsibility of ensuring that the next generation, no matter what countries they are from, will be taught to fully understand the preciousness of peace and friendship.

There are two places that particularly symbolize the savagery of war.

One is Pearl Harbor in Hawaii where more than 2,400 navy personnel and civilians were killed in a surprise Japanese........

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