In response to letters (Feb. 17) on Japan seeking world influence:
Some letter writers seem to have short memories, or don't know their history. The war with Japan was the direct result of trade disagreements between our two countries. The Japanese do not spend money on defense because they were forbidden to do so by the United States after World War II. So, while they became strong economically, we began to weaken because we spent our life's blood on the military. What do we have to show for it? Nothing but trouble.