Mitsubishi Delivers Heartfelt Apology to American Prisoners of War
Mitsubishi has delivered a heartfelt apology at the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles for its use of American Prisoners of War (POWs) during World War II.
Before it was Mitsubishi Motors, its predecessor company Mitsubishi Mining Co. ran mines at four locations where about 500 American POWs were forced to work in brutal conditions.
Although the Japanese government had already apologized years ago for its treatment of POWs during the war, this is the first time a Japanese company has done so. At Carriage Mitsubishi, we hope it sets a positive precedent for other major corporations in the future.
James Murphy, 94, was one of the few surviving former U.S. prisoners who could physically attend the ceremony. “[It was] a glorious day,” he said.
“I listened very carefully to Mr. Kimura’s statement of apology and found it very very sincere, humble and revealing,” Murphy added. “We hope that we can go ahead now and have a better understanding, a better friendship and closer ties with our ally, Japan.”