Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Francisco Does Something Unprecedented

Lest folks come to the conclusion that I have nothing nice to say about Prime Minister Asō Tarō, I quote a passage from an open letter from Lester Tenney, the Commodore Commander of the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor:

"The Prime Minister of Japan Taro Aso is to be commended for his courage for setting the record straight about his company’s use of POW forced labor.

Mr. Aso’s statement is the first admission by any senior Japanese government or industry official that private Japanese companies used forced labor to maintain production during the Pacific War..."
It seems astonishing that no other active government or corporate figure has ever admitted that private companies employed Allied Forces prisoners of war. Then, if someone had, Dr. Tenney would probably be the one to know about it.

See the rest of the letter by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page (no permalink yet).

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That's particularly incredible given that mistreatment of allied POW's is -very- well documented, in contrast to non-combatants.