ASIAdocument.write(“” + m[today.getMonth()+1]+ ” “+ today.getDate()+”, ” + theYear + ” “);HOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperChina Daily Global PDFChina Daily Global E-paperWorld / War heroesAsia PacificUS & CanadaLatin AmericaEuropeAfricaMiddle EastReporters JournalJapan should explain selective apology, sincerely reflect on wartime history(Xinhua) Updated:2015-07-21 15:35Comments Print Mail Large Medium SmallRelatives of deceased Chinese forced laborers, accompanied by lawyer Kang Jian (center, in blue coat), attend Beijing No 1 Intermediate Peoples Court on Feb 26, 2014, to sue two Japanese companies over forced labor during World War II. The lawsuit seeks printed apologies to be carried in Chinese and Japanese newspapers as well as compensation from the Japanese companies. WANG JING / CHINA DAILYBEIJING – The Japanese government should have deep and profound reflections on the countrys atrocities during World War II and explain why a Japanese company made an apology only to US prisoners of war (POWs).On Sunday, Hikaru Kimura, a senior executive of Mitsubishi Materials apologized for wartime enslavement of some 900 US POWs at mines run by Mitsubishi Mining Co, the firms predecessor, at a special ceremony in Los Angeles.”Today we apologize remorsefully for the tragic events in our past,” Kimura said. “We cannot help feeling a deep sense of ethical responsibility for this past tragedy.”However, Kimuras apology turned out to be incomplete and misleading in the eyes of the public of the Asian countries which had been invaded by Japan during WWII.As a matter of fact, the number of victims from those countries, who were forced to do hard labor for Mitsubishi Mining and other Japanese firms seven decades ago, was far more than that of the US POWs.Aside from the US POWs, the Japanese government also forced tens of thousand of Chinese and Koreans to fill the countrys labor shortage during the war.Zhang Shijie (center), 88, who was forced to work as a laborer in Japan in 1944, arrives at Beijing No 1 Intermediate Peoples Court on Feb 26, 2014. 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