POWs visit Japan for 70th anniversary of the end of World War II

Daily News Article - October 16, 2015


1. The first paragraph of a news article should answer the questions who, what, where and when. List the who, what, where and when of this news item. (NOTE: The remainder of a news article provides details on the why and/or how.)

2. What was the emphasis of the former POW’s trip to Japan this week?

3. How many American POWs were forced into slave labor in Japanese companies during WWII?

4. How many Japanese companies are thought to have used American prisoners of war as slave labor?

5. What/when is VJ Day?

6. Watch the videos under “Resources” below. The term atrocity is often associated with Japanese treatment of their enemies.  People refer to ‘Japanese atrocities’ of WWII. Atrocity is defined as a very cruel or terrible act or action.

a) What do you think of Lester Tenney’s 2010 insistence on receiving an apology from Japanese private companies that abused American POWs?

b) What do you think of the other men’s comments on the Japanese treatment of POWs in WWII?

What was the Bataan Death March? (purpose, distance, number of POWs forced to march, conditions, number of POWs who did not survive…)