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Rotary program touches on Japanese-U.S. relations

November 26, 2013

Today, Paul Tashiro helps build relationships between Americans and Japanese as president of the Japan-America Society of Mississippi (JASMIS). But when he was 13 growing up in Japan, he volunteered to become a kamikaze pilot in World War II, only for the country to surrender before he could fight.

“We thought that was the greatest virtue, to dedicate our lives to the emperor,” Tashiro said. “We didn’t know about democracy. Education makes people different.”

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