Siberia returnee, 88, urges peace

JIJI

There must never be another war, Shoju Kato, 88, a former Japanese prisoner in Siberia, insisted ahead of the 68th anniversary of Japan’s World War II surrender Thursday.

In December 1944, Kato, who was 19 years old, was drafted into the Imperial Japanese Army. After witnessing Japan’s surrender in Manchuria, he was taken prisoner by the Soviets and taken to Siberia to perform slave labor.