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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Here we go again!

China calls it their island .... Diaoyu

Japan calls it's theirs.... Senkaku.

Japan sneaks on land in the middle of the night to plant their flag, the flag which still has blood on it.

The problem is that Japan has a bad case of AMNESIA over what it did during the last 100 years. Problem is; the other 38 Asian Nations haven't forgotten what Japan did to them.....
It's not just China either, pick an Asian country and odds are Japan has claimed one of their islands as it's own.

I think Japan needs to consider some serious History lessons for its own people, about just exactly what they did during say, 1900 to about 1945, after that I think the Japanese them selves would realize how lucky they really are, to be living in a free and prosperious country, considering ALL the EVIL things they perpetrated on ALL of ASIA....

Again it goes back to this notion of Japanese Victim-Hood, which couldn't be farther from the truth....
I am by no means any fan of China, but I have to take their side as well as Korean's in these nonsensical island claims by Japan.

I agree totally with the above, which was one of the comments on the article "Japanese nationalists proud of isle landing".

I cannot believe they have not learned their history lessons.It's very scary.I will repeat again what George Santayana reminds us:
"Those who forget the past, are condemned to repeat it."

Lessons of history are invaluable.


by Win Rainer

How do we hand down the good things in life.
When sadness invades with so much strife,
There is away believe in ones self.
The ability to achieve but not in wealth,
Gather thy feelings of Love and Endure
A way of life that is more sure,
Nothing is easy be determined to try
Your legacy from the past will get you by.

A wife of a former POW prisoner of the Japanese.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Tokyo's anti-nuclear Protestors remembering WW2.

Japanese nuclear demonstrators on Friday recounted the horror of World War Two, days after the region marked Tokyo's surrender nearly seven decades earlier.

The rally came after Japan on Wednesday marked the 67th anniversary of its surrender, which came after the United States dropped nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

I am sure these people do not realize that if it had not been for these bombs they would not have been able to demonstrate today.

I read one comment on this article and I totally agree.

What do nuclear Bombs have to do with nuclear energy? I am sorry I have to say; this is 100% ridiculous. I guess they should be protesting NASA and the Mars rover Curisotry, since it has a nuclear Radioisotope thermoelectric generator on board. I think they should protest X-Ray. Those use nuclear material function. Not to mention radiation treatment is used medically in the USA alone over 10 million times a year to heal people. This just shows how easy it is to lump things into a category to black and white terms. Hey, lets boycott smoke alarms too. They have nuclear materials in them. It's so easy to say; No Nukes. And by the way, if we did not drop the bombs, most of those Japanese people protesting would not even be here today to protest.We saved the lives of millions by not invading the mainland Kyushu and Honshu. Do people realize what would have happened if operation "Downfall" had taken place? Japanese people today don't realize that the Allies were two weeks away from launching an invasion three times the size of D-Day (Normandy France),and that was just for Kyushu the military machine of Japan during the war. Combined losses were estimated from 500,000 to 2 million. Another placed Japanese casualties at 5 to 9 million. Remind me again how many died from both bombs combined?? The USA had already made 500,000 purple hearts in anticipation of the half million troops it expected to loose. Oh, yes the bombs killed less than 200,000. Life is not black and white like these protestors make it. Are the bombs horrible, Yes, oh yeah. But what does saving lives through the use of the bombs have anything to do with nuclear energy power plants??(but not the mars nuclear powered mars rover?)

Lets get this right. These people are remembering the last few days of World War Two only, during which a large number of people were killed by two bombs. Remembering World War Two totally would involve remembering all the other , substantially more people killed, including those at the hands of Japanese military in Asia. When that happens more people and your government will have sympathy I am sure.

Lest we forget!

Japan seems to have forgotten about the atrocities and the many innocent people, women and children, they murdered during World War 2. Japan has never taken responsibility about their past. It's time that history is told. Japans Military barbaric behavior in World War two is not written in history books. They make it sound like they were the ones who suffered. It's time they except the blame and remove the shame!

Like one said, who was on the plane that dropped the bombs:"I try not to think about the people that got killed, I am thinking about the people that did not get killed."

Japan made many mistakes, one of them was attacking The United States. There was also the untold misery and atrocities inflicted on China, Hong Kong, Burma, Malaysia, India, The Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia and Korea. This was done under the dubious auspices of liberating Asia from Western imperialism and has been described as an Asian Holocaust. Even Today, the only Asian Country that has significantly warm feelings toward Japan remains Taiwan.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Rememberance Day, August 15.

Commemorate, 67 year after World War Two.

Commemorate.For us August 15. 1945 is the day we were liberated. We were free, but so many of our friends had lost their lives.They lost their lives in the Japanese concentration camps, and during the Bersiap and Political Actions, after the war.

Each war brings destruction, death and victims. People, forever marked for the rest of their lives, because of the loss of their loved ones.

We should remember and never forget what happened in World War Two. Maybe by remembering mankind will find a way to diplomacy. Maybe we become better people, otherwise there will be no future for mankind.

In the Dutch East Indies now called Indonesia after August 15 there was no August 16 for us.Yes; August 15, 1945 we were freed from the Tyrant, the Japanese, but after August 15 the Bersiap, the Political Actions started. Thousands of Dutch women, children and men were murdered.My mother and I, her sister and two children, were one of the lucky ones who made it out alive.

I think about my mother how sad it must have been for her after she arrived in The Netherlands without her husband.
For her there was August 15, but never a August 16, like it was in The Netherlands  when they got liberated on May 4,1945. They were able to celebrate again on May 5, etc. etc.

In The Netherlands they do not celebrate August 15, 1945. not even one Dutch flag will be raised. For my mother August 15 went by, like any other day.It was like it had never happened.So many times she was told that she had no idea about how the Dutch had suffered during the War. She was always told that she had been in Paradise, where it was nice and warm, food was growing on the trees. How ignored can people be.How alone my mother must have felt.

When we arrived back in The Netherlands on April 25, 1946 the Dutch people greeted the repatriates with chilliness. The reception of the Dutch Indies Military, Officials and fellow country-men and women, who arrived in The Netherlands total indigent, never got any support from our Government.Even the simple clothes they received from the Red Cross during their journey home had to be paid back, even the cost of the boat trip.For years my mother never talked about The Dutch East Indies, it was not social accepted and not political correct.My mother never received one penny of my fathers wages, when he was fighting and died for his country.

More then 24,000 citizens were killed during the occupancy of Japan in The Dutch East Indies. It would be very appropriate if the Dutch flags would be seen blowing in the wind on every building in The Netherlands to commemorate the victims from that very painful time in the history of The Netherlands, on August 15.

Never be forgotten,

                                 My father Klaas van der Wal.

                                 My fathers grave in Kanchanaburi
                                 My uncle Tobias van Driel, who died on the O16 submarine.
                                 This is his grave.

                                            Rest in peace.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Our monthly demonstration.Petition 213

Today, August 14,  our 213 petition was presented to the Japanese Embassy in The Hague.


His Exellency Yoshihiko Noda
Prime Minister of Japan

The Hague, Ausgust 14,2012
Petition: 213
Subject: Paper Memorial to the fallen Dutch in Asia 1941-1945.


Today, the Foundation of Japanese Honorary Debts presents to the chairpersons of the Dutch Parliament, First and Second Chambers, a Paper Memorial of the fallen Dutch Asia 1941-1945. Queen Wilhelmina in her year-end speech in 1943 proclaimed that a monument would be erected for the fallen Dutch during World War Two. Name for Name they would be mentioned in an Honorary List. After the war many names were collected and transcripted in a parchment foliant. The daughter of Queen Wilhelmina, the then Queen Juliana, presented and handed over the Honorary List of Fallen in a special formal meeting with the Dutch Parliament (Staten General) for safe keeping. The Honorary List is kept in the hall of the Parliament and since then every day a page of the Honorary List is turned.
Sixty seven years after the ending of the World War, names are still being added to the Honorary List as a result of scientific research and availability of previously closed achives. Much work has been conducted to uncover the names of those Dutch fallen in Asia. All the known names have been collected and collated in the Paper Memorial presented to the Dutch Parliament.

With the Paper Memorial we pay respect to those who gave their lives to protect us. It is for those who survived a memory of how their loved ones tried to prevent the war affecting their respective families, for others a terrifying historical document.

Prime Minister,
The Paper Memorial is an emotional document, which brings back tearful memories, but also anger over the Japanese denial of their moral responsibility for the terrible cruelties by the Japanese military. We have said much about this subject in the past. We cannot and will not accept the diplomatic reply that with the 1951 peace treaty the matter of responsibility to the individual victims dead or alive has been dealt with. It would be for you as Prime Minister of Japan and for the people of Japan an honor to acknowledge moral responsibility to those who died and those, and their dependents who are still alive.

Prime Minister,
The Foundation of Japanese Honorary Debts is proud to have been able to present in the Paper Memorial the more than 11,500 Names of those Dutch Nationals who fell in the Asian theatre of war to the chairpersons of the Dutch constitutional parliament (Staten General). We would have welcomed to present to you personally the Paper Memorial, but with this petition, we present a copy of the Paper Memorial over to your ambassador in The Hague too.

With honor and respect,
On behalf of the Foundation of Japanese Honorary Debts,

J.F. van Wagtendonk

Below article was placed by Indisch4ever on Sept. 1, 2012 by Ted Hartman.

On the day before the National Remembrance day August 15,1945, a deputy of the board of the Foundation of Japanese Honorary Debts, handed the petition to the Japanese Embassy.
The executives of the board of the Foundation of Japaneses Honorary Debts, were on that day and at that hour at the presentation of the Paper Remembering Monument to the chairman of the 1chamber , Fred de Graaf (VVD) and to Gerdie Verbeet of the 2 chamber (PvdA).

 J.F.Wagtendonk, our president of the the Foundation of Honorary Japanese Debts,  shows the Remembrance Monument papers.

We are anxious to see, what happens after the election of September 12, we hope we still can stay in contact, and hope that we can count on their support.

After the demonstration at the Japanese Embassy as usual, we gathered at the Bel Air Hotel for a light lunch.

Japan just held their Memorial day last week. They remembered the bombs fallen on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. 
It was a terrible thing, and we hope that something like that will never happen again.
Innocent Japanese people were killed. 
The Bomb was intended for Nazi Germany, but they surrendered.
Surrender of Japan was out of the question. They would fight to the last man, women and children were trained, and a bloodbath seemed ineffable.
They would fight and die for the Emperor of Japan, because in the eyes of the Japanese he was like a living "God".
Truman gave the Japanese many warnings and one more last chance to an unconditional surrender of all Japanese military. That left the door open for Japan.
Susuki ignored the warning.

Paul Tibbet flew the plane " Enola Gay" named after his grandmother.

Hiroshima was an important military base. The military were training on the grounds of Hospitals and schools. Schoolgirls  and boys as young as eight years old were trained to kill, if the Americans would invade Japan. Only Japan and the Japanese people have any idea what this would have meant for Japan. The world had no idea, what a massacre it would have been if the bombs had not been dropped.Millions of people would have died, far more then the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs.Two hundred thousands were killed, but far more were saved, because of the bombs.

One of the people who were on the plane, said" I am not thinking about the people which got killed. I am thinking about the millions of people who did not get killed.

A war is a terrible thing, there are no winners.
Lest not Forget!

I am glad this bomb was not in the hands of fanatic's who think they can conquer the world.
America was attacked, without warning by Japan.America was not warned. Thousands were killed when Pearl Harbor was attacked. I cannot thank America enough and Harry Truman, for this unbelievable responsibility they took upon themselves. Thank you , thank you!




The other day I read in a Dutch paper an article about the atrocities the Japanese military inflicted on human beings, and I know all about these atrocities which happened in these camps. My mother and me, her sister and two children were in Japanese prison camps for three and a half year,, on Java in Indonesia then called the Dutch East Indies We barely survived.My mother and her sister were raped by these so called soldiers and had to work everyday in the hot sun, with hardly any food to eat and hardly any water to drink. On top of that they had to take care of their children, who were always crying from hunger.My father a POW of the Japanese worked himself to death as a slave, working on the Burma rail road tracks. My uncle died on the 016 a submarine, fighting for our freedom.
A couple of comments on this article from people made me very angry. One comment was that it was time to forget about the past and move on with life. Why all these memorials and stir up these memories. Let it go."I think these people have nothing to remember, nothing has ever happened to them. I wonder if they have anything to celebrate, or maybe they don't.
It is very sad that some people think this way, but it is a lack of their education.We should never forget the people who gave their lives for our freedom.
George Santayana reminds us that the lessons of history are invaluable"Those who forget the past, are condemned to repeat it".
We demonstrate in front of the Japanese Embassy every second Tuesday of the month. Japan keeps denying the atrocities they inflicted on innocent women and children in these camps.I am afraid they will never admit that they were wrong.

War deplores the question: Why?
War emits her eerie cry,
"Oh! human nature in extremist,
E"er you sport your raging p*nis
Raping us until the grave
War is baying:
Victory!! Hail the winner! Fail the loser!
Pitiful; there are no winners, only sinners!

War bears childhood fantasies
Toy soldiers for young boys,
Computers now with games,
Destroy with a click of the mouse,
,I shoot you down in flames'
We should be ashamd
It's adults who are to blame.