His Excellency Shinzo ABE
Prime Minister of Japan
The Hague, 12 November 2019
Subject: The Pacific War is not over!
Every day we are personally reminded of the 1941-1945 Pacific war. We suffer from the loss of our fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters who were, willfully, at the hands of the Japanese military in the name of the Emperor, after bestial treatment, killed or starved to death. In 300 petitions we asked the Prime Minister of Japan to help us with this unbearable burden. We still await a meaningful reply. Ignoring 300 petitions is offensive, rude and lacks any respect for the survivors of the Pacific War who suffered so badly by your people.
How can we forget how our grandfathers/mothers, our fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters, our other relatives and friends were killed by the Japanese military and their assistants? How can we forget the treatment and intimidation we had to undergo in the concentration camps or outside those camps? The Pacific War is not over for us! Japan must accept International Law, that war crimes cannot be exonerated by a peace treaty and must accept the perpetual liability for those crimes.
The personal stories of the members of the board of the Foundation of Japanese Honorary Debts are well known by your Ambassador and his staff in The Hague. The Pacific War is not over for us and the members of the Foundation. We mourn our loved ones and try to cope with our traumas. The older we get the more vivid we remember the horrors caused by the Japanese military. We cannot forget. It is very painful for us. We are filled with rage that, 75 years after Japan’s capitulation in 1945, neither politically nor publically that there are no signs that Japan repents the war crimes by the Imperial Army and Navy during the Pacific War of 1941-1945.
A formal receipt of this 300th petition is the least you can do.
The Pacific War is not over.
On behalf of the Foundation of Japanese Honorary Debts.
J.F. van Wagtendonk