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VOX POPULI: Lawmaker spoke out against war before attack on Pearl Harbor

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On the day when Japan’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor was reported, author Fujio Noguchi (1911-1993) headed to a movie theater as if to turn away from news of the successful raid.

That was because he was afraid of being unable to watch any more American films, according to “Sono Hi Watashi wa” (Myself on that day), his autobiographical novel.

While in the cinema, Noguchi could hear a radio in the neighboring cafe blaring at top volume. Sounds from the movie were obliterated by news reports about the start of the war and the rousing strain of “Gunkan March,” a military march.

Noguchi stared intently at the faces........

© The Asahi Shimbun

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