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Brazil to Mull Apology for Persecution of Japanese Immigrants

Brazil to Mull Apology for Persecution of Japanese Immigrants

   Sao Paulo, May 22 (Jiji Press)--A Brazilian government panel plans to discuss in July whether the federal government will offer an apology for the persecution of Japanese immigrants by Brazil during and after World War II.
   A group of Japanese-Brazilians with ties to the southern Japan prefecture of Okinawa told a press conference in Sao Paulo on Tuesday that the advisory panel would hold a meeting on the topic in Brasilia on July 25. The group seeks an apology.
   If the federal government apologizes, that would be its first over the country's treatment of Japanese immigrants.
   In 1943, around 6,500 people, mainly Japanese immigrants living in the port city of Santos, were forced from their homes under an order by the then Brazilian dictatorship, a member of the Allies during the war, over suspected espionage.
   After the war, Brazil regarded as chauvinists Japanese immigrants who continued to believe, despite Japan's surrender, that the Asian country won the war. Some 170 immigrants, including those who refused to step on a photograph of the Japanese Emperor, were sent to a prison on a remote island.

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