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By November 2, 2010

EDITOR:

Letter writer Mr. Alger disputes my contention that Japan could have invaded the United States in World War II — noting that Japan was committed elsewhere and logistics would have prevented an invasion of the continental United States.

May I suggest that had Japan been successful in the Battle of Midway and in the Aleutian Islands, Hawaii would have been next giving Japan a perfect staging area for future operations against our West Coast. But they failed because we broke the Japanese codes, allowing us to read their mail and have the answers to the test.  Same as in Europe, where the Allies were successful in breaking the German codes.

Had we not broken the codes of Japan and Germany the outcome of WWII may well have been different, and we would be speaking Japanese west of the Mississippi and German east of the Mississippi.

JAMES E. LONGHOFER

Placerville

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