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Title: Akio Hoshino Interview
Narrator: Akio Hoshino
Interviewer: Stephen Fugita
Location: Seattle, Washington
Date: July 11, 1997
Densho ID: denshovh-hakio-01-0017

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LH: And when you received your check and your letter of apology from the government, did that make any difference in the way that you thought about the government?

AH: I guess I'll tell you the same thing I tell these groups that come through Wing Luke. I tell 'em that that showed how great a country this was. To say that they made a mistake and apologize. I don't think there's any other country in the world that does that. They make all kinds of mistakes, but "the government is right" kind of an attitude. But this one, we did receive an apology that they did make a mistake, and that they did reimburse us as much as they could at that time. I think, I think it's a sign of a real good government.

SF: Do you think the JACL should, for the sake of the larger community, apologize to the resisters at this point? Or do you think it's better just to...

AH: I don't think they should. It isn't going to help any, it's just going to raise up another tempest -- another controversy. My attitude is "let sleeping dogs lie." Whatever opinions people have, they could keep it.

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