Hanawa Prisoner of War Camp 6 at Honshu, Japan

Mitsubishi offers historic apology to Western PoWs

Mitsubishi is to make the first formal apology by a Japanese firm to prisoners of war forced to labour in its mines during the Second World War.

Senior officials of Mitsubishi Materials Corp will on Sunday make the apology to an American former PoW, 94-year-old James Murphy, captured in the fall of the Philippines in 1942. Mitsubishi will address Mr Murphy and other survivors of Imperial Japan’s notoriously harsh prison camps in a ceremony at the Simon Wiesenthal Centre in Los Angeles.

  • BillyHW

    Well that was unexpected.

    • Clausewitz

      It’s a start. Still a lot of humble pie to be eaten by Japan before that score is settled.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        The Hong Kong Vets are directly part of my family.
        And my wife’s, too.

        • vimy

          I had one great uncle killed in Hong Kong and at least for other family members captured. They were all in the same regiment. The street I grew up on was known as Hong Kong Hill because all the men went off to war.

    • Guraway
  • Rosenmops

    Has hell frozen over?

  • Gary

    Don’t expect islam to do this one day . Muslims seem to wear the terrorism like a badge of honour .

  • Good.

    Part of this ugly chapter can be closed.

    Better late than never, I suppose.