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Eric Lomax, ex-POW who forgave Japanese torturer, dies at 93

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Truly remarkable. I am man enough to say that I have no doubts at all that I am totally incapable of such a compassionate act and I therefore respect his feelings that much more.

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A lesson for Japan and China?

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If everyone in the world was capable of doing this it would be a far better place.

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Amazing man, doesnt say much about the guy who inflicted the torture, any remorse there?

If modern Japanese only knew the extent of the savagery that went on in the 1930-45 then they might truly have an understanding how their neighbours feel even to this day, its not too late but pretty damned close to it!

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Amazing man, doesnt say much about the guy who inflicted the torture, any remorse there?

Nagase dedicated basically his entire post-war life towards reconciliation to not only ex-POWs, but also the local people in Thailand and Burma. Search for the book "Digger's Story" written by Australian ex-POW David Barrett (www.warstory.com.au). David and Nagase became very close friends and David spoke very highly of him regarding his attitude towards reconciliation, etc.

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If modern Japanese only knew the extent of the savagery that went on in the 1930-45 then they might truly have an understanding how their neighbours feel even to this day, its not too late but pretty damned close to it!

I'm sure the world knows how horrible nuclear weapons are from Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but there's still quite a handful of countries that possess nuclear weapons. Mr Lomax's country is no exception, the UK is currently estimated to have around 225 nuclear warheads. What does that tell us about Japan's chances of changing its mind if they knew how the truth about genocide?

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Beams,

Thx for that info!

NeoJ,

See where yr coming from but its a bit close to apples/oranges I think, my point about Japan is that it wud be in MUCH better shape wrt its neighbours if it was more honest about what went on & didnt try to bury it, skim over it for decades is all, the truth is in the pudding & we see that pudding a fair bit of late

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Interesting story.

Contrasts with Okuzaki Kenzo, in The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On documentary.

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I recommend the book - it really is worth reading - it won't take anything away from the film. In the end he descries meeting Nagase, in a very moving chapter.

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Sorry to hear this. Lomax's book "Railway Man was excellent. Nagase seems like a truly good man himself.

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