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Jan. 16th, 1946

 

Dear Don:

Hello Don! No matter how many years I haven't written to you, still I hove to start in the usual way. How are you? One. day toward the end of last year, Lieutenant Coe dropped in, bringing your message. He came all the way from Tokyo in a jeep and must be quite tired for he didn't stay long. But we gathered enough information about you and we were quite happy

We got another friend here. Can you guess who it is? Edwin Helwig. But since he has been away from home for three years, the informations we can get through him are slightly stale. .......

In the last four: years, we simply had lots of things But ducking under bombs was not so bad. Rather it was a great excitement. Hide and seek at the expense of your life can't help being exciting. There was, however, an awful side to it too.

During first three years of the war, our everydwy life was not fundamentally affected and we could work regularly. Then, in January, a year ago from now the Japanese navy took over the station and changed it to a temporary submarine base. As a result, the laboratory moved to a near-by village Although, we succeeded in getting a wooden building built, we had a hard time to install sea-water pumps and so forth. When the war was over, the American troops occupied the station, for the reason that the Japanese navy had been there. When American officers came there for the first time to take over the place I went there. It was a funny experience. On one side of a long table three American officers were sitting and on the opposite side two Japanese navy officers and I were sitting. They served beer and canned asparagus with tomato ketchup. This slightly cute menu made me smile. But, oh boy the both sides were pretty much excited. I am sure they were really scared of each other. They yelled whatever they wanted to say at the top of their voice but never listened to the other side. And an interpreter translated off and on, paying no attention whether it made sense or not. I was partly absorbed in watching the chaos and partly in the asparagus and was still partly absorbing the beer . Neither side understood the other. But to start with neither side knew what they were going to say. Toward the end I was loudly laughing which nobody noticed. Somehow the meeting came to end. So I started to work. I stuck to a major and explained to him that this building originally belonged to the University etc., etc . In ten minutes he began to see the situation. As soon as I saw the sign of dawning in his chaotic mind, I ran back to the building, wrote a poster asking soldiers to take good care of the place because it is a research institute, pasted it on the wall and took leave from the back door leaving the noisy bunch there. There wan no way to know what influence the poster exerted on the American soldiers who came there. But to my greatest surprise in a copy of over-sea edition of Time issued in the beginning of December, I came across my own words all printed. Moreover, it had a title "Appeal to Gothe".

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From Katsuma