I visited the National Museum of the Pacific War which is located in Fredericksburg, Texas. This museum is exhibiting a large number of documents on the history of the Pacific War in the Second World War, and war legacies such as weapons and relics, with an explanatory note added to each of them. From the historical, academic, and educational viewpoint, the museum is highly evaluated both in quality and quantity. The Admiral Nimitz Museum was renamed the National Museum of Pacific War in 2000 to honor Commander-in-Chief of Allied Forces, Pacific Ocean Areas, Chester W. Nimitz.
In 1976, to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the independence of United States, the Japanese government presented the museum with the Japanese Garden of Peace. The people concerned with the museum, who knew that Admiral Nimitz had greatly admired Admiral Heihachiro Togo since he was a young naval officer, asked the Japanese people concerned with Admiral Togo to provide technical and financial assistance in constructing the Japanese garden. In result, the Japanese garden was constructed on the site of the museum, and became a symbol of peace between the two countries overcoming their hatred during the Pacific War.
Japan and the US held a joint ceremony in commemoration of a large-scale renewal of the Japanese garden. Various kinds of events including the eve of the festival, the ceremony, a tea ceremony, and a planting festival were held. In addition to myself, Mr. Nakayama, Chairman of the Committee of Foreign Affairs, the House of Representatives, Mr. Aoyama, member of the House of Councilors, Ambassador of Japan to the US Sugiyama, and Mrs. Hosaka, great-granddaughter of Admiral Togo, attended the ceremony.
Lastly, I would like to express my special gratitude to Mr. Joe Cavanaugh, Museum Director, and Mr. Yoshiro Kishida, Researcher of the National Museum of the Pacific War, for their contribution to strengthening the ties between the US and Japan to this date. Although it is difficult for us Japanese to get used to the naming of the ‘National Museum of the Pacific War’, the purpose of its establishment and its real activities are serious and objective, and academically excellent. I would like to recommend as many Japanese people as possible to visit this museum.