Mitsubishi Materials s the first major Japanese company to apologize for using U.S. prisoners of war as slave labour during World War II. Six prisoner-of-war camps in Japan were linked to the Mitsubishi conglomerate during the war, and they held 2,041 prisoners, more than 1,000 of whom were American. At the time of liberation, four sites held about 876 American prisoners of war. Twenty-seven Americans died in those camps. Company:
Today we apologize remorsefully for the tragic events in our past.
Many of those that survived the forced labour camps were in the audience. Survivor:
This is a glorious day. For 70 years we wanted this.