Japan Perspective / Cold War's cause must be studied
Takahiko Tennichi Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer
The month of August carries a special meaning for Japanese, as it is a time to think about war and peace.
It is indeed important for us to remember the ravages of World War II and renew our pledge to strive for peace on Aug. 6 and 9--the days when the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were hit by atomic bombs in 1945--and on Aug. 15--the day the war ended that same year.
Yet there is another war that we should not forget when we think of laying the foundations for peace in the days to come. That war is the Cold War.
In particular, it is crucial to verify the details of the years before and after the end of the Cold War when we ponder which direction Japan's diplomacy should take in …