Japanese firm Mitsubishi makes landmark POW apology
July 20 , 2015
Japanese company Mitsubishi has made an apology for using American prisoners of war (POWs) as forced labor during the Second World War. Hikaru Kimura, a senior executive, made the apology on behalf of Mitsubishi during a ceremony in the US. The US prisoners were forced to work in mines run by the firm. This is believed to be the first such apology issued by a Japanese company.
James Murphy, 94, who is among the few surviving US POWs to have worked as forced labor in Japan, described the ceremony as a “glorious day”.