Letter: Back to front

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The Independent Online
Sir: When General MacArthur landed in Tokyo bay after taking the Japanese surrender, the troops lining his route were ordered to turn their backs as he was driven into the city. When asked by the outraged Americans to explain this discourtesy, the Japanese officers explained that it was a mark of respect, the soldiers not being allowed to look upon so great a conqueror.

I do hope our old boys understand the message they're sending.


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