Former Prisoners of War (POWs) from the United States Invited to Japan

September 9, 2010

  1. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has invited 6 former American prisoners of war (POWs),  their spouses and their descendents, a total of 14 people, to Japan from September 12 (Sun) to 19 (Sun).

  2. During their stay in Tokyo, the participants are scheduled to pay courtesy calls on Mr. Katsuya Okada, Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Mr. Tetsuro Fukuyama, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary. They will also visit Kyoto and other cities in accordance with their requests.

  3. This program aims for the promotion of mutual understanding of the people between Japan and the United States through encouraging reconciliation minds by inviting former American POWs, their spouses and their descendents to Japan, who hold special feelings toward Japan due to the experience during the World War II. It is the first time to hold this program this year.