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Petition # 301: The Pacific War is not over, continuation of petition 300

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Petition # 301: The Pacific War is not over, continuation of petition 300

His Excellency Shinzo ABE
Prime Minister of Japan

The Hague, 10 December 2019
Petition: 301
Subject:  The Pacific War is not over, continuation of petition 300

Excellency,
Today is the International Day of Human Rights. An essential part of Human Rights are the principles of the Charter of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  In the preamble of the San Francisco Peace Treaty Japan pledged to conform to those.
In our petition 300 “The Pacific War is not over” we urge Japan to accept International Law as defined by the Charter of the United Nations, that war crimes cannot be exonerated by a peace treaty and that Japan must accept the perpetual liability for those crimes.

Prime Minister
It surprised us that the new Ambassador of Japan to the Kingdom of The Netherlands stated that in the San Francisco Peace Treaty in accordance with article 11 Japan as  nation was discharged from its liability from the war crimes committed by the Japanese military in occupying The Netherlands East Indies during the Pacific War. Article 11 of the Peace Treaty states: Quote Japan accepts the judgements of the International Military Tribunal for the Far East and of other Allied War Crimes Courts both within and outside Japan, and will carry out the sentences imposed thereby upon Japanese nationals imprisoned in Japan. The power to grant clemency, to reduce sentences and to parole with respect to such prisoners may not be exercised except on the decision of the Government or Governments which imposed the sentence in each instance, and on the recommendation of Japan. In the case of persons sentenced by the International Military Tribunal for the Far East, such power may not be exercised except on the decision of a majority of the Governments represented on the Tribunal, and on the recommendation of Japan. Unquote.
Article 11 arranges how to deal with convicted war criminals but does not exonerate Japan from war crimes committed by its military, as suggested  by the Ambassador.

Prime Minister
It is very clear that in accordance with article 11 Japan cannot claim to be  discharged from its liability for the war crimes committed by its military during the occupation of the Netherlands East Indies. The liability of Japan was confirmed on 30 November 1998 by the Tokyo Court. The Court admitted that members of Japanese military violated the The Hague Convention of 1907 and thus that Japan as nation is liable to pay compensation. The Tokyo Appellate Court confirmed on 11 October 2001 the verdict of the Tokyo Court.  In cassation the compensation issue was not resolved as the cassation was dismissed by the Supreme Court on administrative grounds. Nevertheless Japan as nation remains liable for the War Crimes committed during the Japanese military occupation of The Netherlands East Indies.
It must be an honor for Japan, 75 years after Japan’s capitulation, to admit its liability and come to terms with the Foundation of Japanese Honorary Debts.

On behalf of the Foundation of Japanese Honorary Debts.

J.F. van Wagtendonk
President.

Petition # 300: The Pacific War is not over!

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Petition # 300: The Pacific War is not over! 

His Excellency Shinzo ABE
Prime Minister of Japan

The Hague, 12 November 2019
Petition: 300
Subject:  The Pacific War is not over! 

Excellency, 
Every day we are personally reminded of the 1941-1945 Pacific war. We suffer from the loss of our fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters who were, willfully, at the hands of the Japanese military in the name of the Emperor, after bestial treatment, killed or starved to death.  In 300 petitions we asked the Prime Minister of Japan to help us with this unbearable burden. We still await a meaningful reply. Ignoring  300 petitions is offensive, rude and  lacks any respect for the survivors of  the Pacific War who suffered so badly by your people.

Prime Minister,
How can we forget how our grandfathers/mothers, our fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters, our other relatives and friends were killed by the Japanese military and their assistants? How can we forget the treatment and intimidation we had to undergo in the concentration camps or outside those camps? The Pacific War is not over for us! Japan must accept International  Law, that war crimes cannot be exonerated by a peace treaty and must accept the perpetual liability for those crimes.

Prime Minister
The personal stories of the members of the board of the Foundation of Japanese Honorary Debts are well known by your Ambassador and his staff in The Hague. The Pacific War is not over for us and the members of the Foundation. We mourn our loved ones and try to cope with our traumas. The older we get the more vivid we remember the horrors caused by the Japanese military. We cannot forget. It is very painful for us. We are filled with rage that, 75 years after Japan’s capitulation in 1945, neither politically nor publically that there are  no signs that Japan repents the war crimes by the Imperial Army and Navy during the Pacific War of 1941-1945.

Prime Minister 
A formal receipt of this 300th   petition is the least you can do. 
The Pacific War is not over.

On behalf of the Foundation of Japanese Honorary Debts.

J.F. van Wagtendonk
President.