6 Dec 2011

Nurse PoW to receive personal apology from Japan

9:17 pm on 6 December 2011

An Auckland woman has flown to Japan to receive a personal apology from the Japanese government for the way she and other nurses were treated during World War II.

Lorna Johnston, 96, an Australian who has lived in New Zealand for the past 60 years, was held as a prisoner of war for three years from 1942.

The ABC reports she is the only survivor of a group of 76 Australian PoW nurses in the region at the time.

Mrs Johnston says she was taken from the island of Rabaul, now part of Papua New Guinea, to Yokohama and then to a prison camp at Totsuku.