If you are of a certain age, you will recognize this passage from a press release issued Friday by the Japanese consulate in Atlanta as proof that time — and new disasters — heal most wounds:
During the month of December, 196 Japanese embassies and consulates around the world will celebrate Japan’s national holiday, the birthday of His Imperial Majesty the Emperor Akihito, who will turn 78 on December 23, 2011. The Consulate General of Japan will hold its reception on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 from 5:30-7:30 pm at the official residence of the Consul General of Japan.
Governor Nathan Deal, who was one of the first Georgians to sign the Book of Condolences at the Consulate following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, and Georgia Senator Josh McKoon (R-Columbus), first sponsor of Senate Resolution 397, which extended sympathies and encouragement to Japan, will be in attendance to receive words of gratitude from Consul General Takuji Hanatani.
Dec. 7, of course, is the 70th anniversary of a certain day at Pearl Harbor. And there was a time, not too long ago, that an American politician dared not keep such an appointment on the day before.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider