Japan has once again apologized for its treatment of war prisoners during the Second World War.

But a Newfoundlander who spent 3-1/2 years in a Japanese prison camp says that's not good enough.

"An apology is not worth a damn," John Ford, now 93, told the CBC. "I can say I'm sorry for anything. But as soon as you turn your back, you forget what you said."

Ford has been publicly talking about his experiences as a prisoner for decades.

Canada has accepted the Japanese government's apology for the treatment of prisoners held during the Second World War for five years after the Battle of Hong Kong.

An official statement of regret was delivered in Tokyo on Thursday by Toshiyuki Kato, the Japanese parliamentary vice-minister for foreign affairs.