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Debate Over Paying Reparations to Japanese-American Internees

April 30, 1988

May we applaud you for the excellent editorial. We appreciated the editorial for it was so contrary to the spirit of people like Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.) who continue to cast aspersions about our loyalty to our country (Part I, April 21). It is unfortunate that a senator of his caliber continues to miss a key issue: that we were victims of an unjust incarceration by our own government--the United States.

I suspect that there will be many letters and expressions decrying the reparations. However, whether we ever receive reparations, it is a wonderful feeling to realize that after all these years, the highest legislative bodies of our country have gone on record to admit that we were victims of a gross injustice during World War II. As you stated, " . . . Redressing this old injustice is vital because it will make official what Japanese-Americans have been saying ever since they were so cruelly imprisoned--that they did nothing wrong."

REV. ATHUR M. TSUNEISHI

Los Angeles

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