His Excellency Fumio Kishida,
Prime Minister of Japan.
The Hague, 12 April 2022
Subject: Written receipt of acknowledgement of our petitions .
Every second Tuesday of the month since, the beginning of our formal discussions with the Japanese Ambassador in the Hague, the board of the Foundation of Japanese Honorary Debts presented to him a petition addressed to the Prime Minister of Japan. Each time we asked for an acknowledgement of receipt by the Prime Minister. We never received a formal acknowledgement only a verbal statement by an Ambassador that the then Prime Minster was aware our petitions. Only a letter from you as Prime Minister or on behalf of you from the Prime Minister’s office would be sufficient.
It is common in the western world as a matter of respect that a formal official letter addressed to a Prime Minister is formally acknowledged by a receipt to the sender. This simple gesture of respect seems not to apply to our petitions.
The world is in turmoil coping with Covid 19 and the Russian invasion of Ukraine. During these times one should more then ever pay respect and adhere to common courtesy and observe the rules of etiquette as long one is in dialogue. We have tried to maintain that dialogue with Japan in the hope that one day the Japanese government would realize that acknowledgement and respect for each other is required in order to continue that dialogue.
For the members and the board of Foundation of Japanese Honorary Debts, who personally or through their deceased parents remember well the horrors of war, the time to acknowledge is long overdue. Show respect and acknowledge the receipt of this petition and all previous 328 petitions!
On behalf of the Foundation of Japanese Honorary Debts.
J.F. van Wagtendonk