It is truly a historic apology, first of a kind on its own, slavery ended. Japanese Corporation expressed a sincere apology for using US prisoners of war during World War II.
Hikaru Kimura, a senior executive, expressed sympathies to the Americans who were forced to work in mines operated by the firm.
A Japanese company shall write this statement of remorse apology in golden words in the history books, as it is the first such apology.
James Murphy, 94-year-old former US prisoner, accepted the gracious apology at the ceremony, held in Los Angeles. Mr. Murphy said the prisoners were held in conditions of slavery, without food, clothing and sanitation. Furthermore, he shared the horrible experience of living a life as a slave labour.
“I have listened to Mr. Kimura’s apology and found it very sincere, humble and revealing,” he added.
James called it “a glorious day after 70 years of war.”
As to recall, more than 10,000 American prisoners were transferred to Japan and used as slave labour in the mines and factories.
Relatives of thousands of other former prisoners of war were present at Simon Wiesentrhal Center.
Out of those 12,000 US prisoners of war, only two living survivors could be located and Mr Murphy was the candidate fit enough to make it to the official ceremony, according to the reports.
It is an important gesture (slavery ended) by the leading vehicle manufactures, ahead of the 70th anniversary of the end of the war in August. The Japanese government too applauded the strategic move.
Rob Reynolds, Al-Jazeera’s correspondent, said it was an “emotional moment”.
Many other Japanese companies attended the memorable ceremony and became part of the landmark even in the history of mankind.
About five years ago, Japanese government officially apologized to the American POWs for their war crimes.