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Japanese minister in war apology

Japan's foreign minister apologised for the suffering of a group of former Second World War prisoners of war from the United States, saying they were subjected to inhuman treatment.

The group's leader, Lester Tenney, a 90-year-old who survived the Bataan Death March in 1942, said he welcomed the government's apology.

However, he is still seeking recognition from the private companies that used prisoners in their mines and factories, often under brutal conditions.

The group of ageing former prisoners, one in a wheelchair, is the first group of US POWs to visit with government sponsorship, although POW groups from other countries have been invited in the past.

Japan surrendered in 1945, ending the Second World War.

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