Hitoshi Katsurai (left)
and Celia Pease
|Hitoshi Katsurai - Agape supporter
I first came to know of Keiko and the Iruka POWs from the moving article
written by Keiko in 1992 for a Japanese newspaper. Since then I have
met Keiko and several Iruka POWs, their families and other former
FEPOWs, as well as some of their grandchildren. As is now well known,
Keiko has devoted herself to trying to ease the wounds of war and
bitterness towards Japan by meeting as many FEPOWs as she can.
| At the same time, she is helping us in Japan to lift,
to some degree, the feeling of guilt and remorse that burdens us as
we remember the atrocities perpetrated by the Japanese army during
the war. It is heartening that, as a result of her efforts, FEPOWs
are coming to the country they once hated and are extending their
hands in friendship to all they meet, bringing peace in their midst.
We are delighted that the younger generation, particularly grandchildren
of POWs are taking part in the pilgrimages. Future peace in the world
lies in their hands.