15 Jun '11, 1am

#PNP | Peru apologises for WWII persecution of Japanese - Straits Times

LIMA - PRESIDENT Alan Garcia on Tuesday apologised for the arbitrary arrest of thousands of Japanese immigrants and their deportation to US internment camps during World War II. The Japanese immigrants were rounded up by the pro-US government of the time soon after Japan's surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941. 'Today, as president of Peru, we ask for forgiveness for this grave attack on human rights and the dignity of the Peruvian-Japanese and the Japanese in 1941,' Mr Garcia said. 'Thousands of Japanese citizens or children of Japanese were arbitrarily and illegally detained ... mobs of bandits raided your homes, your businesses, and occupied your property.' He noted that 'the Peruvian government has never asked for forgiveness or apologised'. 'Today I say, as president of Peru, that we ask for forgiveness,' he said. Most of the Latin Americans of Japanese ori...

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