A Letter from the GHQ (General Headquarters)

Soon after the end of the 2nd World War, in 1948, a letter from the GHQ was delivered.

Mr. Kosei Nishizawa, an apple farmer in Hirosaki, Aomori, has kept the letter ever since.  Recently he brought the letter in to us, Apple University.


The letter was a thank-you note from Colonel Sydney Huff, Aide-de-Camp, on behalf of General Douglas MacArthur addressed to Mr. Nishizawa’s father, Konoshin.  Mr. Nishimura, Konoshin’s acquaintance, was the actual sender of the apples.

It said, “General MacArthur has asked me to write and tell you he has received the crate of apples which you were so kind as to send to him, and to express his deep appreciation for this thoughtful act.General MacArthur sends you his cordial regards and good wishes.”


Mr. Nishizawa was handed the letter from his father more than 20 years ago, but he kept it without paying it any mind.  Later on he had some chances to visit other countries because of his apple export business.  It was then that he learned the value of human relations and it led him to read the letter again.  He thought that the letter conveyed the general’s kind concern to send a thank-you note to an average citizen like his father.  So this time, he decided to make it public.


It is impressive to know about the existence of the letter from the general, and it must be the fact that the apples were of good quality that led him to send it.  The history of Aomori apples dates back to the early Meiji era, and the present Aomori apple industry was supported by people who overcame various difficulties at that time.  Even when goods were scarce after the war, farmers still produced delicious apples, which consumed their time and labor.  The industry now is the result of effort done by those who have gone before us.

We truly hope that Aomori apples will be loved by people all over the world as the delicious enjoyment spreads, and that in the end they will play a role in Japan’s international exchange.





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