Former U.S. POWs Visit Japan Under Japanese-American POW Friendship Program

Sept. 10, 2010

This weekend, a group of former prisoners of war (POWs), invited by the government of Japan, arrives in Tokyo. The U.S. Embassy notes and welcomes this new initiative by the Japanese Government to establish a program aimed at reconciliation with former U.S. POWs. The Japanese-American POW Friendship Program is a historic first and a significant gesture giving both Japan and the U.S. an opportunity to remember and learn from the U.S. POW World War II experience and to reflect on our past, present, and future. We have come far since the dark days of the Pacific campaign to today’s world where the U.S.-Japan Alliance celebrates its 50th Anniversary; this program is yet another important chapter in our shared history.

The Japanese-American POW Friendship Program will be composed of 14 invitees traveling to three cities: Tokyo, Kyoto, and one of their own choosing. They will meet with Japanese officials, participate in speaking events, and visit sites of historical, cultural, and personal interest.