This season's annual double issue explored the making of modern Asia. Readers shared their views on how religion, politics and economic development have shaped Asia's past and will affect its future

In his article "The Making of Modern Asia" [Aug. 15-22], author Kishore Mahbubani stated, "Japan's record in World War II was disastrous. But if Japan had not succeeded early in the 20th century, Asia's development would have come much later." Mahbubani also said, "Asia needs to send Japan a big thank-you note." Those of us who are not Japanese might consider doing so, but only...

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