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Monday, September 11, 2017

Japan and September 11th

In America, September 11th was the day that changed the country forever because of the highjacking of four airplanes that crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City, part of the Pentagon, and a park at Pennsylvania. While being named the world's worst act of terrorism since December 7th, 1941 when Imperial Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, not many people would know these kinds of facts about 9/11.

While it is of course that about 3,000 people in total had died from the terrorist attack, about 24 of the 3,000 were actually Japanese!! Yeah...I was surprised as well. Japanese casualties from the attack were the 6th-most casualties when it comes to international citizens that died in the attack.

In 2014, Taichi Sugiyama read aloud the names of the 24 Japanese victims at the annual memorial ceremony, including his father. Taichi was 3 years old at the time of his father's shocking death, and he was 16 years old when he said the names at New York City.

Taichi explained that even terrorists have their own perspectives, and we need to try to understand their situation so the fighting will finally end.

Like Taichi, people from around the world are doing the best they can so they'll never have another 9/11 at anywhere in the world.

I would just say that I am deeply sorry for everyone that has suffered from the terrorist attacks in any way, and I do try my very best that world peace will be attainable in the future!!

Love and peace,
Jay Nakamura