I was also a good friend of Yoshi Sakamoto and attended two or three of his Kanagawa Meetings. Its unfortunate that the current Governor of Kanagawa Prefecture-who I met three weeks ago- has no global or cosmopolitan sensibility. Yoshi was a formidable advocate for peace, a quiet and wise friend a wonderful human being. I agree with everything that Richard has written about him.
(Prefatory Note: This post is dedicated to my remembrance of Yoshi Sakamoto who died recently. Yoshi was a deeply valued friend and an important public intellectual in Japan who exerted a strong influence on the post-war generation. His political orientation, rejecting extremes of right and left, while questioning the militarist premises of the Cold War and Japan’s willingness to become America’s Asian poodle, gave him a distinctive political profile. I am sharing these words of appreciation, and hope that anyone from Japan who comes across this text will contact me, especially if they have a way of putting me in touch with either Yoshi’s family or Japanese media. I would like to believe that ‘an American appreciation’ of Professor Sakamoto would be of interest to those who knew and admired him.)
Remembering Yoshikazu Sakamoto (1927-2014)
I first met Yoshi in the mid-1960s when he came to visit me…
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