His Excellency Shinzo ABE
Prime Minister of Japan
The Hague, 12 June 2018
Subject: The EU/Japan Economic Partnership Agreement
In global terms it appears that commerce has taken over from morality.
In petition 272 of 11 July 2017 I suggested that the emotional relationship between the people of Japan and The Netherlands should benefit from the then forthcoming trade agreement.
The war wounds are still an open issue in that relationship.
Japanese and European commerce as well as the respective European countries and Japan benefit from the Strategic Partnership. An element in that Partnership should address the sufferings of the Dutch during Japans´ occupation of Dutch East Indies.
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.
An initiative in this respect by you as Prime Minister of Japan would enhance not only our present dialogue, but would also demonstrate that your government is involved.
Looking forward to hearing from you,
On behalf of the Foundation of Japanese Honorary Debts.
J.F. van Wagtendonk