Tonight, Nightline's Ted Koppel will be talking to guests in Japan, Korea, China and the United States tonight on the controversy surrounding the Japanese Prime Minister's visit to a war memorial. More than two million people are honored at this memorial but included in that number are 14 war criminals.
Richard Gordon held the rank of major when he retired from the United States Army. He was an Army sergeant when he was captured by the Japanese and forced on the infamous Bataan death march. Following the march, Gordon was on a burial detail. Gordon is a member of "The Battling Bastards of Bataan," a veterans' organization dedicated to keeping their story alive. He joins us from Schenectady, New York.
Bonnie Oh has been a Distinguished Porfessor of Korean Studies at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service for the last seven years. She co-edited the book "The Legacies of the Comfort Women of World War II" with Margaret Stetz, a professor in the Women's Studies program at Georgetown. Bonnie was in elementary school during the Japanese occupation of her country and during World War II. She joins us from our Washington studio.
Iris Chang is the author of "The Rape of Naking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II." The book describes the slaughter, rape and torture of more than 300,000 Chinese civilians by Japanese soldiers in the capital of China. Chang's own grandparents fled Nanking right before the atrocities began. She joins us from Mountain View, California.
Toshiaki Miura is a political correspondent for Asahi Shimbun, one of Japan's most widely read and respected newspapers. Before coming to Washington, Miura covered Japanese politics in Tokyo for 14 years. He joins us from our Washington studio.