Friday, December 31, 2010
Slavery of Aso’s Family-IV
Since the end of WWII, it is the first time former POWs have stepped onto Japanese soil to seek apology from the Japanese prime minister Aso Taro, whose family made POWs serve as slaves in Fukuoka Prefecture. Australian Joseph Coombs, British James McAnulty, the son of late POW, and Patrick McAnulty, arrived in Tokyo on 21 June 2009. “We’d like an apology for the brutal treatment and the conditions we had to work under…. The memory will always be there, but an apology will help ease some of the pain that we experienced…. (Japan Times 20 June 2009),” told Japan Times. “There was always some violence,” Coombs said. “You only had to have one bad guard, one brutal guard, and that could ruin the whole thing; they could make our lives” difficult (Japan Time). Aso’s father was the head of Aso Mining at the time. Aso Taro became president of Aso Cement Co., during the 1970s before going on to politics. Both Cooms and McAnulty agreed that Japanese should be more “educated” on the issue of the Second World War II history (Asahi News).