NGO, Status Roster
His Excellency Shinzo Abe
Prime Minister of Japan
The Hague, 9 December 2014
Subject: Coercion by Japanese military of women and girls into sexual slavery is an undeniable fact and a war crime of the worst kind.
It is unbelievable that the Yomiuri Shimbun deemed it necessary to apologize in reporting the truth about the coercion into sexual slavery of women and girls by the Japanese military. The Military Court Martial of Batavia, Dutch East Indies, concluded in 1947 without any doubt that officers of the Japanese Imperial Army were guilty of coercing into prostitution Dutch women and girls from concentration camps under management by the Japanese army. The women and girls were kept and treated as slaves for the pleasures of Japanese officers. It is an undeniable fact and resulted in severe punishments including the death penalty of the main culprit. Documents available to the Court, which are kept in Dutch archives, established without doubt the coercion of the women and girls kept as sex slaves for the Japanese military.
Denying the coercion because of lack of proof in existing official Japanese documents begs the question whether these documents were not destroyed along with many other documents hiding the Japanese war crimes. You cannot change history by pretending that it did not exist. The denial of Japan's war past is equivalent to the denial of the Holocaust. On behalf of Japan you must acknowledge the past and take responsibility for it.
Yomiuri Shimbun printed the truth and had no need to apologize for it.
The world media know this and assume the reasons. Only you can rectify this by a genuine personal acknowledgement.
Repeat and take responsibility for it in accepting the consequences of these and other horrendous Japanese war crimes.
On behalf of the Foundation of Japanese Honorary Debts,
J.F. van Wagtendonk
How dare Japan's nationalists attack Angelina Jolie war film. The film "Unbroken" based on the memoirs of US POW Louis Zamperini.
|Louis Zamperini an Olympian runner.|
Japanese nationalists have labelled Angelina Jolie a racist and there have been calls for her to be banned from the country for directing the movie "Unbroken".
How dare they make us out as liars. The soon to be released film "Unbroken" is about the Olympic runner Louis Zamperini. It's a film which focus on the suffering of Allied soldiers in the Far East.
Louis Zamperini just passed away, and I am so glad he has not read that these Japanese nationalists are saying that this film is pure fabrication.Louis Zamperini passed away on July 2, 2014. He was 97 years old.
One wish I have, that there soon will be a film about the 130.000.00 Allied civilians- predominantly women and children- who also endured appalling privation and cruelty, but whose story is barely unknown.
These women and children were trucked away to concentration camps. The largest group were the Dutch civilians.62.000 of them were women and children. For three and a half years they were terrorized, starved, raped and tortured. 13,000 died in these camps, which the Japanese had named "Protection Camps". Protected from whom? The women and children were crammed together in these filthy camps, where poor sanitation was the norm, and dysentery and typhus flourished, along scabies, bedbugs and lice. We were in camp Moentilan, a former Xavier catholic college, which housed 4200 women and children.The Japanese military were brutal, we Westerners were in their eyes no human beings.
I sincerely hope that a film will be made about this part of the war, where the women and children seem to be forgotten.Women who were traumatized for the rest of their lives, children who could never forget the savage beatings their mothers received when we children did not bow correctly.
By the time the war was finally over, we were skeletons, who walked like zombies through the camp in disbelieve that we were free from our tyrants the Japanese military.
It's time the truth will be heard and Japan takes responsibility. Shame on their flag the Rising Sun, which my mother predicted would sink on the horizon.