Japanese companies should apologize to former POWs
In May of 1942, Mr. Jackfert, a member of the US Army Air Corps, became a POW in the Philippines and was sent to the city of Kawasaki in Japan. He was forced to work for several private companies in abusive conditions until the end of the war.
In the letter to President Obama, he wrote:
Many of our fellow POWs died and almost all of us still carry physical and mental scars to this day. We survivors want our honor returned and one way to do that is through an apology from these companies.
On this issue, the Japanese government did apologize to former American POWs in 2009 for the first time, and started an invitation program to Japan. However, the Japanese companies have never responded to former POWs’ request for an apology.
Mr. Jackfert expressed his hope that
President Obama and Prime Minister Abe would show their leadership in promoting
reconciliation, saying, “An apology is a crucial underpinning in every process
designed to bring closure to human rights abuse.
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