Kimura said because of actions from the predecessor company, Mitsubishi Mining, "We cannot help but feel a deep ethical responsibility for this past tragedy." The apology comes as observances begin for the conflict that officially ended in the Pacific theater 70 years ago.
Murphy accepted the apology during the event held at the Museum of Tolerance (MOT) at Pico and Roxbury in Los Angeles and called it, "A glorious day." Murphy acknowledged the friendship that Japan and the United States have developed and remarked that the apology, which he referred to as humble, should deepen trust between the two countries.
After Kimura, Murphy and Professor Thompson spoke, there was a handshake among the participants that also included Yukio Okamoto, Outside Board Member of Mitsubishi Materials and a special advisor to Japan's prime minister.
Mitsubishi spent about a year pondering the apology and is the only Japanese company to step forward with the remarks. The event also shows the significance of the Museum of Tolerance as a place to not only study atrocities that have occurred but challenge visitors "to understand the Holocaust in both historic and contemporary contexts and confront all forms of prejudice and discrimination in our world today."
Moderating the event was Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.
For more on the event, visit the article on LA Business News Examiner, Japanese corporation offers historic apology to World War Two POW used as slave.
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