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City to ask Mitsubishi for apology for veterans used as slave labour during war

George Peterson spent 16 months working in a Mitsubishi coal mine after he was taken prisoner by the Japanese following the fall of Hong Kong.

RUTH BONNEVILLE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

George Peterson spent 16 months working in a Mitsubishi coal mine after he was taken prisoner by the Japanese following the fall of Hong Kong.

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City council unanimously supported a plan this morning to request a Japanese multi-national to apologize to Canadian POWs used as slave labour during the Second World War.

The proposal originated from Couns. Brian Mayes and Scott Gillingham, who said Mitsubishi Materials should apologize to the Canadian POWs – matching a similar apology the company made in the summer to veterans from other Allied countries.

Mitsubishi had refused to extend the apology to Canadian POWs because it claimed it didn’t have any evidence.

Council was urged on by George Peterson, a Windsor Park resident who spent 16 months working in a Mitsubishi coal mine after he was taken prisoner by the Japanese following the fall of Hong Kong.

"We worked 10 to 12 hours a day, sometimes longer," Peterson, 94, told the Free Press in October. "We had a quota of 16 tonnes a day and we were underground until there were 16 tonnes in coal cars going up to the top."

 

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