Four former American POWs who were captured in Guam and the Philippines during WWII met with Foreign Minister Kishida this month. The minister expressed his support and eagerness to continue the program, which began in 2010 under the Yukio Hatoyama administration.
Together with nine others, who suffered the same fate under the Imperial Japanese army, they will be staying in the country along with members of their family. Now at the age range of 91 to 94, the former POWs will be visiting locations that used to serve as internment camps, as well as other places in Japan.
It’s hard to understand the desire to go back and relive that misery.