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Unusual bond heals wounds over Japan's WWII POWs

Unusual bond heals wounds over Japan's WWII POWs

Lester Tenney was stunned to receive a call that Japan's new ambassador to the United States would see him. He had tried for years to seek an apology from Japanese officials for the atrocities he witnessed and endured as a prisoner of war during World War II. He was ignored.
Then, on Veterans Day 2008, more than 63 years after the end of the war, Tenney was visiting Arlington National Cemetery when word finally came. The Japanese embassador, Ichiro Fujisaki, invited the former POW to his residence for tea.
The unexpected rapprochement led to friendship, and to Sunday's trip to Japan by a group of American POWs, including Tenney. Although Japan has hosted former POWs from other nations since 1995, it will be the country's first ever sponsored trip aimed at reconciling with American POWs.


Updated : 2021-02-26 02:58 GMT+08:00