Petitie #230: Be honest about your past!

His Excellency Shinzo ABE

Prime Minister of Japan

The Hague, 14 January 2014.

Petition: 230

Subject: Be honest about your past!


The Board and members of the Foundation of Japanese Honorary Debts wish you and your country a Happy New Year. Last year we congratulated you on the occasion of your election victory and your appointment as Prime Minister of Japan. Much of your intentions to create change in Japan you repeated in your present New Year message. It is regrettable that these intentions appear to ignore Japan’s past and do not take into account that Japan’s future as a nation must first resolve that horrible past. Japan is part of the global community and must realize that its own wellbeing is dependent on its international relations.

Prime Minister,

The Foundation of Japanese Honorary Debts is not a political entity. Its purpose is to care for the Dutch from former Dutch East Indies, now Indonesia, and resolve the relationship with Japan stemming from the horrible period of Japanese military occupation of the Dutch East Indies during World War Two. It is remarkable that a spokesman from the German Chancellor Mrs. Angela Merkel made the point recently that Japan should deal “honestly” with its World War Two past. Your recent visit as Prime Minister to the Yasukuni Shrine angers many international institutions and countries. It demonstrates that in fact you do not care how the world reacts to these visits. It means too that your other intentions to revive Japan’s standing in the world will not be improved. As so well demonstrated by Germany. We demand that you accept moral responsibility for the past. You must realize how the individual survivors suffered and what they lost as result of the war which Japan started. Make Japan respectable again as a nation of conscience and principals and open an honest dialogue with our Foundation.

We would welcome an acknowledgement of the receipt of this petition by you personally.

On behalf of the Foundation of Japanese Honorary Debts,

J.F. van Wagtendonk