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Japan apologises to WWII POWs

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Japan apologises to WWII POWs


Japan has apologised for the suffering of a group of former prisoners of war from the United States.

Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada met the group of six World War II veterans to say sorry.

“Those of you who were taken prisoner and were subjected to inhumane treatement, I apologise from the bottom of my heart,” he said.

The group’s leader, Lester Tenney, said he also wanted an apology from the private companies that used prisoners as forced labour.

Tenney said Japanese industrial giants such as Mitsui, Mitsubishi, Nippon Steel, Kawasaki “used and abused POWs.”

“It is insulting, because what is happening is that by their keeping quiet they hope we will die off and all will be back to normal. It will never be back to normal,” he told Okada.

Japan surrendered in 1945 after the atomic bombings of Hiroshama and Nagasaki, ending the Second World War.

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