We welcome the U.S. House Resolution on the “Comfort Women” Issues Japanese Government should respect and implement the Resolution July 30, 2007
Japan Action Network for the military Sexual Slavery Issue
Seventeen years have past since the issues of Japanese military sexual slavery or “comfort women” were first raised. Today, July 30, 2007, Resolution 121 on the Solution of the “Comfort Women” has passed the U.S.House of Representatives. We respectfully appreciate the Resolution, finding a firm consciousness of human rights inscribed in it.
The Japanese Government should pay respect to what the Resolution means. While the Japanese Government has neglected the voices of victims and paid little attention to a number of recommendations and advices made by the international bodies, the Resolution requests the Japanese Government to take historical responsibility, pointing out the importance of redress for the victims. It is unacceptable that Mr. Shinzo Abe ignores it as “just one of a lot of resolutions made in other country.”
Mr. Abe, as the Prime Minister of Japan that is the perpetrating country, has to understand he is obliged to redress the damage to the human rights of the survivors. His statements questioning whether there was “forceful recruitment in narrow sense” shows that he does not understand the extent and scale of the perpetration or recognize the crimes committed against the victims. He has to seriously admit that the crimes were actually committed, make apology and ask for forgiveness from the survivors. The Japanese Government should rather take pride in taking measures for redress and rehabilitation for the victims “in unambiguous forms” as requested by the Resolution.
We request the Japanese Government to accept the Resolution and implement it without delay, and demand the followings:
(1) Hold hearings of testimonies of survivors from each country at the National Diet
(2) Deliver a publicly approved letter of apology to each of survivors.
(3) Deliver compensations to victims taking necessary legislation measures.
(4) Include the “Comfort women” issues in history and human rights education curriculum.
We, as members of the organizations that have conducted interviews with victims or field researches, supported the court cases, had communication with survivors or organized the Women’s International War Crimes Tribunal on Japan’s Military Sexual Slavery in 2000, are determined to keep monitoring and acting, in solidarity with international partners, in order to press the Japanese Government to follow the path for restoring human rights as requested by the international community as well as by this Resolution.
Member groups of the Japan Action Network for the Military Sexual Slavery Issue are as follows:
Association Supporting the “Kanpu Trial” Case and Facing Japan’s Post-war Responsibility Japanese Committee for Filipino ‘Comfort Women’ Santama Support Network for Philippine Victims of Japanese Military Sexual Slavery （”Lola Net Santama”） LUNAS–Let’s Walk Hand in Hand with Filipino Former “Comfort Women” Japan Catholic Council for Justice and Peace Support Group for the Lawsuit of the Korean Former “Comfort Woman” Resident of Japan Support Group for the Lawsuit of Chinese “Comfort Women” The Group to Find Truth in Shanxi Province Taiwan Comfort Women Legal Support Group Network to Demand an Apology and Compensation for Women Victims of Japan’s Military Sexual Slavery in Hainan Island (Hainan-Network) Women’s Committee, National Christian Council in Japan Japan Anti-Prostitution Association All Japan Network for Forced Labor Litigations Support Group for Women Victims of Sexual Slavery by the Japanese Military Association of Korean Democratic Women in Japan Kyoto Planning Committee, National Forum to Hear Testimonies of the Former “Comfort Women” The Japan East Timor Coalition Group Supporting the Museum for Former “Military Comfort Women” Catholic Tokyo Archdioceasan Committee for Justice & Peace Japan’s Military Sexual Slaves Problem Committee of Church of Christ in Japan KYOFUKAI-Japan Christian Women’s Organization Citizens’ Network in Fukuoka Demanding Redress Measures for the Former “Comfort Women” Kyushu Christians’ Association that Addresses the “Comfort Women” Issue Women’s Empowerment Center Fukuoka The Japan Committee for Joint Actions to Promote Cooperative Relations with Asia Fukuoka Planning Committee, National Forum to Hear Testimonies of the Former “Comfort Women” Supporters of “Kanpu Trial” Active Group Toward Peace Group with MALU “Free and Easy Red Dragonflies in Azumino” Association in Osaka for a Settlement of the Imperial Japanese Army’s Sexual Slavery Issue Women’s Active Museum on War and Peace (WAM) Violence Against Women in War ? Network Japan (VAWW-NET Japan) Asia-Japan Women’s Resource Center (AJWRC)