Recently the NHK News reported the following:
Foreign Minister Okada met with six former US soldiers who had become the captive of Japanese army in the Pacific War, and said "A very inhumane treatment had been received, and I express the apology sincerely on behalf of the government".
The government invited six former soldiers of the US who had become the captive of Japanese army during the Pacific War in the Philippines that later being transported to Japan, according to the schedule, together with their family they would be received in Japan for one week for the first time starting from the 12th, and Foreign Minister Okada met them on the 13th. Among them, Mr. Terry Leicester had experienced the so-called "Death March of the Bataan" in which a large number of deaths had resulted when the American captives were taken to the camps in the Bataan peninsula in the Philippines. In the interview, Foreign Minister Okada said ｢Individually you had become captives of the Japanese army, a very inhumane treatment had been received, and it was a hard time. As the Foreign Minister I sincerely say my apology on behalf of Japanese Government. ｣ In response to that Mr. Leicester said ｢We have requested the apology from the Japanese government on what had been done in War. I think I obtain such a chance and I am glad. I want to cooperate to build an amiable Japan-U.S. relation in future by exceeding the ill feeling done by the experience during the war ｣. On the other hand, after being transported to Japan and made to work compulsorily at that time, Terry said "There is yet no word of apology from the enterprise in Japan that had made the captive work compulsorily at that time".
I am wondering why similar apology has not been extended to the Chinese who had suffered in the Pacific War.