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Petition # 293: Japan’s new Imperial era Reiwa, a new commitment recognizing the past?

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Petition # 293: Japan’s new Imperial era Reiwa, a new commitment recognizing the past?

The Hague, 9 April 2019
Petition: 293
Subject: Japan´s new Imperial era Reiwa, a new commitment recognizing the past?

His Excellency Shinzo ABE
Prime Minister of Japan

Excellency, 
You announced that Japan will be entering into a new era on May 1st following the abdication of Emperor Akihito who is to be succeeded by his son Crown Prince Naruhito. As the new Emperor he will be confronted with an ever rapidly and changing world. During Reiwa it is expected that the Japanese government will have the will and courage to rectify the moral obligations stemming from the Showa era, during which the San Francisco Treaty was agreed and the state of war was terminated. 

Prime Minister,
The present Japanese and Dutch generations did not suffer from the setbacks of war the older generations are still experiencing. The Japanese governments have institutionally refused to recognize the individual sufferings by the war victims both at home as well as in the occupied territories, ignoring the 1952 San Francisco Peace Treaty. The Peace Treaty stipulated: 
quote Recognizing that Japan should pay reparations for the damage and suffering caused during the war. Nevertheless it is also recognized that the resources of Japan are notpresently sufficient, if it is to maintain a viable economy, to make complete reparation for all such damage and suffering and at the same time meet other obligations, unquote. 
From 1952 Japan has been, economically successful, and had the means, if it had the will, to pay reparations to individual victims for the damage and suffering caused during the war. The Yoshida-Stikker protocol of 1956 was a shameful solatium restricted and limited to ex civil internees. It did not pay for the damage and suffering of the Dutch from the Dutch East Indies. 

Prime Minister,
In the new era an honorable attempt must be made to rectify and to fulfill the clear inattention of Japan’s recognition to pay reparations. In 2020 it will be 75 years ago that the war was ended. The appropriate moment to reconfirm Japan’s commitment to global peace and to comply with the intentions and the purpose of the San Francisco Peace treaty. 
The Foundation of Japanese Honorary Debts, representing the Dutch victims of the Japanese military occupation of the Dutch East Indies, request an early reply to comply.

On behalf of the Foundation of Japanese Honorary Debts.

J.F. van Wagtendonk
President.

Petition 292 #: Respect for human rights.

Petition 293 #: Respect for human rights.

His Excellency Shinzo ABE
Prime Minister of Japan                                                                                              

The Hague, 12 March 2019
Petition: 292
Subject: Respect for human rights.

Excellency,
At the opening of the 40thsession of the Human Rights Council the Secretary General of the United Nations his Excellency António Guterres put it to his audience:

“Respect for human rights is just a game of words if there is no respect for people”

Over the years the government of Japan did not pay much respect to the people victimized by the brutal and unlawful behaviour of the Imperial Army during World War II.

Prime Minister,
In many of our petitions we pointed out that the conduct of the Imperial Army during the occupation of Dutch East Indies was, in accordance with international law, and remains unlawful and in violation of human rights. We are not alone in this opinion. Many distinguished international lawyers and politicians support our view. For political reasons Japan keeps on refusing to acknowledge its responsibility for the misconduct of the Imperial Army and continuously ignores the moral consequences. The Dutch victims were not heard in the politically enforced Yoshida-Stikker protocol!  

Prime Minister,
Human rights is about respect for people as the Secretary General of the United Nations so clearly and directly put it. Show the courage and the political will to pay respect to the Dutch victims of the Imperial Army’s misconduct during World War II and face the responsibility. 

On behalf of the Foundation of Japanese Honorary Debts. 

 J.F. van Wagtendonk
President

Petition # 291: And now forward.

Petition # 291: And now forward.

His Excellency Shinzo ABE
Prime Minister of Japan

The Hague, 12 February  2019
Petition: 291
Subject: And now forward.      

Excellency,
We had hoped to meet you during your recent visit to the Netherlands. Unfortunately your short stay in the Netherlands dealt with strengthening the Dutch-Japanese commercial relationship in accordance with the EU-Japan Trade Agreement. It did not cover Japan’s war time past. However, according to the summary issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan of the Japan-Netherlands Summit Meeting with Prime Minister Rutte, you made clear you consider the Netherlands as a strategic partner in sharing universal values. One of those values is to acknowledge Japan’s war time past in occupied Dutch East Indies during World War II.

Prime Minister,
In our previous petition we quoted from your New Year’s speech that ”you are overcome by a sobering sense in reassessing Japan’s post war diplomacy”. The powers in the world are concentrating on the future of our children and grandchildren. How can you explain to them that Japan denies responsibility for Japan’s Imperial Army’s conduct and why Japan needs to reassess its post war diplomacy? Are you afraid of the undeniable truth or is it that Japan in the future world will lose out commercially? As mentioned in our previous petition “The ageing communities both in Japan as well as in the Netherlands  have not forgotten their sufferings and lack of respect and decency by respective Japanese governments including yours”. Time is of the essence and now more than ever a political discussion with you as Prime Minister of Japan is necessary.

Prime Minister,
The opportunity was not seized to have an open discussion during your visit.  We regret that, as we believe that a personal contact is always better then communicating by petition.

On behalf of the Foundation of Japanese Honorary Debts. 

 J.F. van Wagtendonk

President