The World : Canada to Pay Internees
Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, saying he wanted to right a 46-year-old wrong, formally apologized to Japanese-Canadians interned during World War II and unveiled an extensive compensation package. Canada will pay $17,000 to every living Japanese-Canadian who was wrongfully incarcerated during the war. Nearly 22,000 Japanese-Canadians--of whom about 12,000 are still living--were interned after the 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor by Japan. Ottawa came under pressure to reach a deal last month after the Reagan Administration announced it would pay $20,000 to each surviving Japanese-American interned during the war.