Mitsubishi apology to forced labourers, now that most are dead

This video from the USA says about itself:

Mitsubishi to Apologize for American POWs‘ Forced Labor in WWII

19 July 2015

A major Japanese corporation planned to offer a landmark apology on Sunday for using US prisoners of war for forced labor during the second world war.

A senior Mitsubishi Materials executive was to offer the apology to former POWs during a ceremony at the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles.

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, an associate dean at the center who focuses on Holocaust education, said he believed the move to be unprecedented.

Japan’s government issued a formal apology to American POWs in 2009 and again in 2010. But the dwindling ranks of POWs who were used as slaves at mines and industrial plants have so far had little luck in getting apologies from the corporations who used them.

Read more here.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Japan: Mitsubishi will issue an apology to WW2 PoWs

Thursday 23rd July 2015

NON-EXECUTIVE director Yukio Okamoto disclosed yesterday that huge transnational Mitsubishi Materials hopes to apologise to former British, Dutch and Australian prisoners forced to work in Mitsubishi mines and factories.

The company also intends to reach an amicable solution with Chinese forced labourers, following a landmark apology to US prisoners earlier this week.

“If there is such an opportunity, we will do the same apology,” he said, admitting that prisoners brought to Japan during the second world war had been subjected to inexcusable working conditions.

“What other companies will do, we don’t know … Ours is one of those who tortured PoWs most, so we have to apologise,” he said.

The former diplomat was among company officials who delivered an apology to surviving US PoWs and family members on Sunday in Los Angeles.

Chinese slave labourers sent to work in Japan and their descendants are suing Mitsubishi for financial compensation in China.

19 thoughts on “Mitsubishi apology to forced labourers, now that most are dead

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  2. Makes you wonder that when the full horror comes out of what is being done to the sick and unemployed via ‘forced labour’ in the UK, whether them and their families will get an ‘apology’, especially those families where people have died either due to the stress of having their incomes taken, those who were forced onto workfare who weren’t fit enough, and people who have committed suicide due to forced labour.

    One can only hope that history will clearly demonstrate this, but this damaging policy should be dealt with before any more innocent people die. Some can barely afford to eat, and have even collapsed whilst on these programmes. This is barbaric.


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  9. Thursday 2nd June 2016

    posted by Morning Star in World

    JAPANESE corporation Mitsubishi Materials finally agreed a settlement yesterday with Chinese people forced to slave for the group during Japan’s World War II invasion.

    The company, a core member of the Mitsubishi Group, signed a deal with three former forced labourers representing more than 3,000 victims of the firm.

    During the second world war, Japan deported tens of thousands of Chinese citizens to provide slave labour for its own economy. The victims covered by the settlement had to mine coal for the company.

    Mitsubishi will pay 100,000 yuan (£10,600) to each Chinese victim and their families. If every victim is identified, the company’s bill will hit 370 million yuan (£39m).

    “World War II ended 70 years ago. Our forced labour case has today finally come to a resolution. This is a big victory,” victim Yan Yucheng said.

    But lawyer Kang Jian said the firm “did it not for reconciliation but to relieve pressure on the Japanese government.”


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