Seventy years ago the order to attack Pearl Harbor was transmitted from these Marconi towers in Japan. They still stand today. I saw them from a distance while touring Huis ten Bosch near the city of Sasebo, Nagasaki prefecture, Kyushu.
They no longer operate. They stand as a memorial. I look at them and remember that the history of war is written by the victors. Nevertheless, there is always another side to the story.
While remember Pearl Harbor today, we recall the battle cry, "Never forget." The Japanese also remember in their own way.
"Climb Mt. Niitaka" was the simple message transmitted which launched the attack. To the Japanese, it meant "Climb the highest, most impossible mountain in Japan." This was not meant to be a negative message but rather one of victory through the powerful spirit of samurai.