Will Japan apologize for murdering my cousin?

Will Japan apologize for murdering my cousin?
Father Jesus Baza Dueñas. (Image: Father Dueñas Memorial High School via Conservative Firing Line)

The Memorial Day weekend of 2016 will be remembered by more than a few as the moment in history when the Commander-in-Chief of the United States Armed Forces delivered his de facto apology to the nation of Japan for the American deployment of Fat Man and Little Boy during the Second World War. Or as Obama characterized the bombing of Hiroshima, “on a bright, cloudless morning, death fell from the sky”. …

Here’s my gripe: When will Emperor Akihito or Prime Minister Abe apologize for the murder of my cousin? But first, allow me to say I’ll at least for the moment put aside the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, the Rape of Nanking, and the Manila Massacre. I promise I won’t even bring up the fact that my mother, her entire immediate family, and thousands of other Chamorros were imprisoned at the Manenggon Concentration Camp on Guam (and yes, Americans were put to death at Manenggon for high crimes such as starting a cooking fire without permission.) …

Japan has yet to apologize for the 1944 murder of Father Jesus Baza Dueñas. …

One of the first moves the occupying Japanese forces did was to forcibly remove Guam’s Bishop Miguel Olano (a citizen of Spain) from his episcopate, and assigned to an internment camp where he was publicly humiliated by the invaders. …

But in 1942, Bishop Olano wrote to Fr. Dueñas appointing him as the Pro-Vicar (temporary leader) of the Catholic Church on Guam during the bishop’s forced removal. The bishop ordered him to “defend the Chamorros in their encounters with the Japanese government.”

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