Sunday, May 31, 2009

More Apologies

This time from Japan. The Japanese ambassador to the U.S. apologized for the treatment of prisoners of war taken when they captured the Philippines during World War Two.
"We extend a heartfelt apology for our country having caused tremendous damage and suffering to many people including prisoners of war, those who have undergone tragic experiences in the Bataan peninsula the Corregidor Island, Philippines and other places,"
He was speaking to 73 survivors of the Bataan Death March. Maybe the veterans appreciated it, but I find these types of apologies for past events completely pointless. The current government of Japan bears little relation to the Imperial Japan of World War Two. Such apologies are unnecessary and meaningless.

1 comment:

  1. My uncle, taken prisoner at Corregidor and held until the Palawan Massacre would much rather have received an apology from the U.S. government at the time for not pursuing prosecution of the Japanese prison officials who ordered the murder of prisoners.