Friday, February 3, 2012
Japanese Apology/Learning History-XV
According to Canadian Veterans Affairs Minister Steven Blaney, Kato Toshiyuki, Japan’s parliamentary vice minister of foreign affairs, made an apology in Tokyo to Canadian veterans in a private meeting. This year is the 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor and the invasion of Hong Kong in 1941. “This important gesture is a crucial step in ongoing reconciliation and a significant milestone in the lives of all prisoners of war. It acknowledges their suffering while honoring their sacrifices and courage,” states Blaney (Japan Times, 10 December 2011). The battle began on 8 December 1941, and lasted until Christmas Day. After 18 days fighting, the Allies surrendered. About 290 Canadians were killed and 493 wounded during the battle with the Japanese imperial army.
Source: niagarathisweek.com (access date: 27 January 2012)