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Remarks by Consul-General Nozomu Takaoka
at Screening Event of the Documentary on
the Internment of Japanese American
at Holocaust Museum Houston
on May 14, 2015

May 14, 2015

Good evening everyone and thank you for joining me.

I’d like to thank Ms. Mary Lee Webeck, Director of Education at Holocaust Museum of Houston and Mr. Gary Nakamura, President of the Houston chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League for collaborating with the Consulate-General of Japan to present tonight’s film.

So many things happened 70 years ago between Japan and the U.S. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shared his thoughts on this subject when he addressed a joint meeting of Congress in Washington, D.C. two weeks ago.  He expressed deep repentance while standing in silent prayer at the World War II Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. He also expressed deep remorse over the war and said that Japan should not avert its eyes from the suffering of peoples in Asian countries brought by Japan’s actions. He also stated that he will uphold the views expressed by previous prime ministers in this regard.

I admired the democratic nature and strength of the United States when Congress received the Prime Minister’s address with 14 standing ovations.  And tonight, I know that I will admire them again when I learn about the untold story of Governor Carr and listen to such a knowledgeable guest panel.

I would like to conclude my remarks by commending everyone involved for their efforts to appreciate the powerful message of history in order to further promote democracy and friendship.
Thank you.