A SUNDAY IN DECEMBER : Viewpoints East and West : 'It's More Like History' LARRY QUIRLES and KUNITO HONDA, LARRY QUIRLES, 49, works at General Motors Corp.'s Saginaw Steering Gear plant in Hamtramck, Mich. He is also a committeeman for the United Auto Workers, Local 2140. KUNITO HONDA, was born in Nagasaki, Japan, on Dec. 7, 1952. The auto worker's grandparents died in the atomic bombing, and his mother was exposed to the radiation. Honda, who now lives in suburban Tokyo, was in junior high school when he first learned that the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor sparked the war with the United States
A SUNDAY IN DECEMBER : Viewpoints East and West : 'It's Not Just Another Day' STAMFORD SCHERER and GORO HATANAKA, STAMFORD SCHERER, 71, was driving to his parents' home in Great Neck, N.Y., when he heard news of the Pearl Harbor bombing on the car radio. He went down to the draft board to enlist and served as a pilot in Europe. Scherer retired after running a business in El Salvador for 30 years. He now lives in Miami Beach. GORO HATANAKA, 59, is retired from managing his family's warehouse in Tokyo
A SUNDAY IN DECEMBER : Viewpoints East and West : 'Like Huge Mass Murder' SHELDON ASHLEY and KAORU TOGO, SHELDON ASHLEY, 65, is a broker at Oppenheimer & Co. in Manhattan. He was 15 when his father roused him from a sound sleep to tell him that the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor. Two years later, he enlisted in the Navy, serving mostly in the Atlantic. KAORU TOGO, a 33-year-old Tokyo broker, rarely thinks about war. When he was a small child, he saw veterans who had lost limbs begging on street corners. But World War II scarcely entered his consciousness except on Aug. 6, when television would show the commemoration of the Hiroshima bombing.
A SUNDAY IN DECEMBER : Viewpoints East and West : 'We Studied the Bomb' KIYOKO TEZUKA and RENEE QUARTERMAN, KIYOKO TEZUKA, 24, a secretary at a Tokyo finance firm, studied Japan's history in school. But she doesn't know where Pearl Harbor is. RENEE QUARTERMAN has been a secretary for the Georgia Department of Labor in Atlanta for five years. History was her strong point in high school, and she remembers being quizzed on Pearl Harbor