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70 years after WWII, Japanese firm to apologize to US vets

the Mesh Report Staff July 19, 2015 Comments Off on 70 years after WWII, Japanese firm to apologize to US vets

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A major Japanese corporation plans to offer a landmark apology for using U.S. prisoners of war for forced labor during World War II.

A senior executive of Mitsubishi Materials will offer the apology to former POWs at a ceremony Sunday at the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles.

The center says Mitsubishi executive Hikaru Kimura will offer the apology to 94-year-old James Murphy and other ex-POWs who will be in attendance.

Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Wiesenthal Center says he believes it’s the first time a major Japanese company has ever made such a gesture.

Japan’s government issued a formal apology to American POWs in 2009. But the still-living former POWs used as slaves at mines and industrial plants have previously had little luck in getting apologies from corporations.



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