Below this message I am posting the shortened version of my letter
to the editor of the Washington Post, responding to Steve Clemons'
attack of August 27 on me and my newspaper.
My first letter to the Washington Post was sent on August 30 and
was 479 words in length, not 800 as Mr. Clemons has absurdly
claimed. Mr. Vince Reinehart, the Washington Post editorial copy desk
chief, sent me a message the same day informing me the Post was
interested in my letter but asking that I shorten it to about 250
My shortened letter, the body of which is 254 words,
was sent on August 31 at the request of the editors at the
The following day, a different editor called and acknowledged receipt
of my shortened letter and informed me it was being circulated for
comment to the editor who worked on Mr. Clemons' attack
against me, also giving me optimism, but not promising that
they would publish it.
Since that time the Washington Post has not communicated with me.
On September 8, I sent a polite email inquiry to
both editors who had contacted me inquiring of the status of my
letter and of the intentions with respect to its publication.
Neither of them, nor anyone else from the Post,
has ever replied to me.
In contrat to Mr. Clemons' claims in his "To the Forum" letter of
September 19, the Washington Post has never informed me
(or even implied)that they have edited my letter.
Nor did I ever send an 800 word letter to the Washington Post.
Nor did I ever " decide to be outraged."
My shortened letter, sent August 31 at the request of the
To the Editor
The Washington Post
1150 15th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20071
In an op/ed by Steve Clemons (The Rise of Japan's Thought Police,
Sunday, August 27, P.B02), the author engages in a personal
attack on my integrity and is also wrong on key facts.Clemons'
statements and the true facts are as follows:
Clemons: The Sankei Newspaper and Komori are
part of "an increasingly militant group of extreme right wing
activists who yearn for a return to 1930s-style militarism."
Response: Sankei is a mainstream Japanese newspaper
distributing 2.2 million copies daily.
Neither Sankei nor I have any association whatsoever
with any such activists.
Clemons: Komori is "not unaware that his words frequently animate
them(terrorists)--and that their actions in turn lend
fear-fueled power to his pronouncements, helping them silence
Response: Clemons is accusing me of deliberately trying
to inspire acts of terror.
He provides no substantiation, nor could he, for his
assertion. In short, both Sankei and I denounce and oppose such
In fact, Sankei severely condemned the recent deplorable arson
that burned the house of Koichi Kato, a political opponent of
Prime Minister Koizumi for which Kato personally thanked the editors.
Clemons: Komori stifled freedom of expression.
Response: I reported on a govenment-funded institute that was
disseminating exclusively in English for an overseas audience,
highly opinionated criticism and misrepresentations of government
and leaders. I strongly support free speech, including informing the
public about government-funded
ostensively objective policy institute facilitating such attacks.
I did not, as Clemons asserts, demand an apology or any other action
The Sankei Shimbun