Skip to comments.Japan Apologizes for Bataan Death March
Posted on 05/31/2009 12:26:26 PM PDT by LibWhacker
Ambassador Speaks to Last 73 American Survivors of the March
The Japanese ambassador to the United States apologized in person today to the 73 surviving POWs of the Bataan Death March in the Philippines in April 1942 during World War II.
"We extend a heartfelt apology for our country having caused tremendous damage and suffering to many people including prisoners of war, those who have undergone tragic experiences in the Bataan peninsula the Corregidor Island, Philippines and other places," Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki said at the last convention of the American Defenders of Bataan & Corregidor POWs of the Japanese during World War II.
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My thoughts, too: Japan admits there was a WWII and they were in it.
Apologies, the latest fad, at least in some circles.
However, the Japanese are trying desperately to put WWII behind them and some of their actions have not been so appealing such as basically rewriting their history books to omit certain acts.
Agree - they really need to close the books on WW2 (by telling the truth). They live a very nasty neighborhood and need to start getting prepped for the next war.
Interesting timing for me.
Yesterday, I just put up my uncles “Former POW” license plate in my garage.
He and his brother were both captured, one was forced on the march, one was not and later released.
Check out the newest WORLD magazine and read one man's story......
..it is one of the most horrific, cruelest accounts of what happened on that march.
I served with a Bataan Death March survivor, old Sarge had no use for the “Japs”.
Yep, I knew one at the gym, a San Francisco Sheriff’s Deputy. He absolutely hated them. Can’t blame him after what he went through. He once told me that if they had been liberated a week or two later, he wouldn’t have made it.
He witnessed his fellow Americans being starved and butchered for sport. Herm was six feet tall and in incredible shape before the War. He came back from the Pacific weighing less than 100 pounds. The survivors of Japanese atrocities were forced to eat insects and rats and worse. The man was a True Hero and had the medals to prove it. Herm died in 2002.
He was a very astute investor and a great down-to-earth guy. Herm told me many times 'both political parties are corrupt.' Now I know he was 100% correct about politics.
To his dying day he refused to eat Japanese food, even in fine restaurants.
My opinion after reading what they did in WW11 bombing them back to the wood plow would have been too good for them.
One of the survivors, I only know him as Charlie, comes into the Lowe’s where I work every couple of weeks. He joined the Army straight out of high school and was assigned to the 31st Infantry Regiment in the Philippines just a few weeks before the war began. After surviving the march, he spent the rest of the war working in a copper mine in Korea.
The Japanese have a long history of barbarism.
Reading of their history it’s hard to imagine people more sadistic than the nazi’s but the Japanese managed to surpass Germany.
About bloody time!
There was a war? There was a war?
...and the Chinese have probably been taking notes.
If you ever have a chance to read The Rape of Nanking you will know the depth of hatred China has for Japan.
Well earned hatred.
That’s a quite strongly worded and unequivocal apology from the Japanese. Now they need to offer a version of that apology to the Chinese, Koreans, and others that they brutalized.
Amazing. We had a family friend who was one of the soldiers in the Bataan Death March. Even though he lived another almost 30 years, he never truly recovered from that horror.
Very true. To this day, even communist China with it’s billions of people, are very wary of Japan.
They foresee trouble with N. Korea and possibly China and want to cozy up to us.
The most disturbing book I have ever read. Hard to reconcile Japan back then with the modern Japan. The author of the book committed suicide and it is theorized that it was because of the graphic nature of the research that she did for the book.
The book is banned in Japan as far as I know.
I did find it on the internet at the request of my son and mailed it to him a couple of years ago.
There are other books out there on the sadistic mind of the Japanese.
Not something to be forgotten.
"Let us move forward together" - Winston Churchill
日本＊ピング＊ (kono risuto ni hairitai ka detai wo shirasete kudasai : let me know if you want on or off this list)
There’s a potent online documentary about it. Not sure if it’s specifically based on the book.
But anytime anyone ever tries to argue that we were wrong for using nukes to end the war, I offer one word: Nanking. After having seen the aforementioned documentary, I was purged of any sympathy for the citizens of Japan at that time.
My grandfather's 40+ years in the military started when he was nineteen with the Philippine liberation - he was on active duty from 43-46 and stationed at Leyte Island. He earned a Philippine Liberation Ribbon, a Philippine Presidential Unit Citation (given by the Philippine President) and an Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with one battle star, among others. I have his WW2 Victory Medal and ribbon framed and hanging on my office wall. After active duty in the army he went into full time service with the National Guard, became a top grade warrant officer and retired in 1984 after two five year tours at the Pentagon with the NG Bureau.
At 85 he is losing his own personal battle with Alzheimers and I am currently compiling everything we have on his life to do a video tribute at his eventual memorial service. As I review all his wonderful stuff, I couldn't be prouder that he took part in securing the freedom of POWs held by the Japanese.
MacArthur returned to the Philippines at Leyte Island in 1944. The Battle of Leyte kicked off the Philippine Liberation.
I well remember Peter Jennings speaking about the war as an apologia for Japan.
When I was a kid there was a Bataan Death March survivor in our neighborhood. I remember him as being a very quiet man who always seemed to be working in his garden.
I think a large number of the guys on the march were from New Mexico. My great uncle was among them, a survivor.
Now the Italians need to apologize for the Roman Empire, the English to the Irish, and so on and so forth. Like all such things—its fluff, feel good fluff but how will it stop the inflation? How will help the economy?
I am quite respectful of the fact that an entire generation of Japanese was able to do such an about face and reject the ideology through which they had operated for as long as they did, despite the fact that they had grown up with it. No doubt it was difficult. (Islam needs the same sort of ideological cleansing.)
My FIL was in the Navy and on a ship heading for the AP theatre when we dropped the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. His boat turned around and went home.
Decades later my BIL, his eldest son, a Navy Lt-Commander who in that same area served on a nuclear sub and later an aircraft carrier, met and married a Japanese woman with whom he could barely communicate, not knowing the language very well. Soon after, my in-laws traveled to Japan to meet their son’s new family. Through the translation of their new step-grandson (Naomi had an eight year old by a previous marriage), the two patriarchs learned that they likely narrowly missed fighting against one another toward the end of the war because of those bombs.
Despite the anticipated apprehension they both felt, they were able to come together on the common ground of how happy they both were that they were meeting as friends rather than enemies.
Upon learning that about my husband’s family, as well as the fact that my grandfather served there, the dropping of the atomic bombs took on a new meaning for me in that things might very well have been different otherwise. What if my grandfather or my father-in-law had died there instead?
It’s a sobering thing to imagine.
Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki, I along with multitudes of Americans want to thank you and the government of Japan for your apology regarding the Bataan Death March. While it can not restore the lives of those who were murdered at the hands of the Japanese military, your admission and apology mean a great deal. It took tremendous courage on the part of Japans to finally admit its guilt in this matter and will go a long way towards providing healing for many who survived it and who are still alive.