One Little Letter Makes All the Difference


MacArthur BannerJapanese speakers frequently have difficulty differentiating between the English letters “L” and “R”. This was particularly evident in 1950 when supporters of General Douglas MacArthur (then serving as military governor of Japan during the post-war occupation) tried to encourage him to run in the next US Presidential election. While the general undoubtedly appreciated the vote of confidence, history is silent about what he thought about the banner pictured above, prominently displayed in Tokyo.

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