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Reconciliation between former adversaries

  • August 15, 2016
  • , NHK
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Monday night’s “NHK Special” took up Mitsuo Fuchida, a Japanese captain in the Imperial Japanese Navy, who led the first air strikes on Pearl Harbor on December 8, 1941. After the war ended, he became a Christian evangelist and traveled through the U.S. to tell his story. He converted to Christianity after he was handed a pamphlet in Shibuya in 1949 by the American missionary Jacob DeShazer. In the booklet, DeShazer, himself a former U.S. Army sergeant, described his story of imprisonment in Japan. Fuchida and DeShazer toured the U.S. and Japan, respectively, to speak their faith and preach the importance of forgiveness and peace. The show emphasized that the life stories of the two ex-foesset a good example of how to achieve reconciliation in a “world full of hatred and retaliation.” 


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