WASHINGTON – A major Japanese corporation will apologize this weekend for using U.S. prisoners of war for forced labor during World War II.
The Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center says it will host the Sunday event between a senior executive at Mitsubishi Materials Corp. and 94-year-old former POW James Murphy.
Murphy, of Santa Maria, California, spent one year at a copper mine in northern Japan with about 500 other POWs.
Tokyo-based Mitsubishi spokesman Takuya Kitamura confirmed that the apology would happen, but declined further comment.
Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean at the Wiesenthal Center, says the apology is an important gesture.
A delegation from Mitsubishi Materials will also travel next week to a museum in Wellsburg, West Virginia that honors American survivors of the Bataan Death March.