His Excellency Shinzo ABE
Prime Minister of Japan
The Hague, 10 July 2018
Subject: The departure of the United States of America from the UN Council Human Rights
The recent departure of the United States of America from the UN Human Rights Council is the appropriate time for Japan to (re)consider its Pacific War History. The political pressure by the United States of America to waive reparation to the individual Dutch victims of Japan’s occupation of Dutch East Indies in the 1952 San Francisco Peace Treaty is untenable. The war crimes which the individual victims had to undergo were simply ignored. A situation which at present remains in other areas of conflict were the United States of America are involved.
The Human Rights Council as an executive body of the United Nations issued many reports on the subject and concluded many times over that Japan has at least the moral obligation to resolve its past military history during the Pacific War. It advised to come to terms with the individual victims regardless the San Francisco Peace Treaty. Now that the United States of America has left the Human Rights Council it is opportune for Japan to take the initiative as suggested in my previous petition. It would benefit Japan as the nation who has not forgotten its militairy past and wants to settle its moral obligations.
We did not receive an acknowledgment nor any suggestions that you would take the initiative in this matter. As suggested we are willing to come to Japan to discuss a meaningful resolve for the individual victims of the Japanese occupation of Dutch East Indies during the Pacific War.
The Foundation of Japanese Honorary Debts would like to investigate this further, together with your government, in order to come to a suitable reestablishment of mutual respect and solidarity.
On behalf of the Foundation of Japanese Honorary Debts.
J.F. van Wagtendonk