terça-feira, 21 de julho de 2015

Japanese company apologizes for the use of prisoners of war

Mitsubishi Materials became the first Japanese company to ask officially apologize for the role they had in World War II.

Company leaders deplored the use of the labour of prisoners of war, in a ceremony that was also an American, former prisoner.

"Keeping the spirit of Mission of our company, I want to apologize for the tragic events of our past and show our determination to work for a better future," said the Director of Mitsubishi Materials, Hikaru Kamura.

For the former prisoners as James Murphy, this is a long-awaited moment: "we just watch something historical, because for 70 years, since the war ended, the prisoners of war were asking for something very simple: an apology".

The Pacific war, which involved the United States and Japan, was one of the longest episodes of World War II. Began with the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 and only ended up with the bombs of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945, three months after the nazi Germany have capitulated far.

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