We each of us have a treasure trove of family stories from the Second World War that are passed down to us from our parents and grandparents.
Some of mine concern my Grandmother's brothers, Eric and Donald Holmes.
They were both captured at the Fall of Singapore on February 15th 1942, the greatest military defeat in British history.
After this they were kept in Changi prison and also worked on Burma railway.
Donald survived the war but died a broken man from injuries and ill treatment received during his time in the hands of the Japanese Army and their British Commonwealth Sikh and Hindu traitor allies who decided to work with the Japanese after the British army surrendered.
In May 1998 I went to the Mall to protest about the state visit of Emperor Akihito and turned my back on the Japanese Emperor with the war veterans that were at The Mall because of the two facts below ;
1) The government has always said the issue of compensation was closed by a 1951 treaty, under which British PoWs were given roughly £76 compensation each by the Japan.
This treaty was disgusting.
The men who lived through those camps, and the families of the dead, deserved far more than just a token £75 pounds for their ordeal.
2) The Emperor has expressed his "deep pain" over the Second World War but the Japanese constitution prevents him from giving a formal apology to the UK.
As no apology had been offered by the Emperor on his own behalf at that point for the actions of the government that undertook the war in his fathers name, I attended to show my disgust for this.
I am not anti-Japanese.
When I was studying at the Law School in Kent University I shared a house with three other students including a Japanese student called Toro Yakamoto.
He was a great lad.
We introduced him to a full British roast dinner including brussel sprouts, which he quickly became almost addicted too.
But until the Japanese Emperor makes a full and formal apology for the war undertaken in his fathers name and also offers the surviving veterans and the families of the dead some decent compensation, then the BNP should not have visited Japan to attend a Far Right meeting there.
Japan is not in the EU.
Japanese Nationalist parties are not in the EU.
Therefore European Nationalist political parties flying over to Japan for idiotic, wasteful junkets is a pathetic waste of resources.
There are far, far, far more important things to do with spare cash in the European Nationalist movement than squandering it on trite visits to nations who have no role to play in a future European Nationalist project.
There is no strategic role for Japan in a future European Nationalist movement.
Sure we will regard them as a valued trading partner, but there is no need for junkets to Tokyo.
The BNP should have kept out of this meeting, as to be seen to be cosying up to a Far Right Japanese political party who regard the idea of the Emperror apologising for the crimes of the Japanese against the British troops as anathema, and who venerate the scum that killed thousands of British troops is disgusting.
The BNP can work with Japanese Nationalists, but it cannot work with parties that venerate as saints war criminals and murderers of British soldiers.
It appears that the entire strategy of the European Nationalist parties is run by incompetents.
The group should concentrate on Europe, not posture as internationalists in Japan with a political party that venerates the murderers of British soldiers.
Get a grip.