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Tuesday, July 4, 2006

Readers write back

Readers' views on whether Foreign Minister Taro Aso should apologize for or acknowledge his family's wartime link to forced labor.
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It won't happen

Yes -- but it will not happen. Unlike Germany, where considerable effort has been made to tell the story of the war to each generation, official Japan continues to stick its head in the sand and hope it will all go away. Mary

Forgiveness is key

In recent years, we have seen many victims of war calling for apologies and reparation money. They all say that the money is not the issue, but it's still in their demands.

As an Australian who's grandfather and uncle both suffered at the hands of Japanese incarceration in the war, I feel that it is more up to me to forgive than it is to receive an apology.

Receiving an apology may be of great importance to some people. However, I fail to see its worth, if you have to demand that apology. True honor and sincerity will only come when instigated by the apologist. Kuz


Mr. Aso should not have to apologize for, nor acknowledge his family's wartime link to forced labor.

You should inform your readers that a lot of Japanese prisoners of war were also "beaten and starved" in Allied camps during World War II. B


POWs most definitely deserves compensation for their suffering, as do the comfort women and others affected by the harsh working conditions during the war period. M.

Why so difficult

What's the difficulty? Japanese people apologize all the time -- for breaking the law, for this or that indiscretion.

Aso's son could apologize for his father. It's probably much easier than paying the just dues owed by the warmongers. Brian


I don't know if Mr. Aso had anything to do with the Kyushu mines I was forced to work at during 1944-45. Someone certainly did and I never received any cash payment for my labor. I was told half of my pay would be put in Japanese postal savings and I'd get it "after the war." I never got it. For Japan and Mr Aso to ignore the POW issue it like it never happened is unconscionable. Donald Versaw -- #508, Futase #7

The honorable thing

Of course Taro Aso should do the honorable thing, but he won't. The opportunity to do the right thing will simply pass by. Japan is simply waiting for everyone to forgot the war crimes that occurred. Paul


Mr. Aso's family does owe the POWs money for their labor. The unwillingness of the Japanese to accept their culpability in the treatment of their POWs will tarnish their image until they do admit their guilt. My brother died on the Burma-Siam Railroad, beaten & starved to death. Betty

My question

Would Mr. Aso accept it if it were found that a company owed his dad $1 million for past work, and now wanted to pay it? Bob

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