PNG WORLD WAR II VICTIMS MAY NOT BE COMPENSATED BY JAPAN

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (January 11, 1998 - PACNEWS)---Papua New Guinea victims of the Pacific War over 50 years ago are not likely to be successful in their bid for Japanese compensation, because of a treaty signed by Japan and the Allies after the war, in 1951.

The PNG Association for Redress of Asia-Pacific War Victims is assisting over 1,000 victims in their fight for financial payments, but the Japanese embassy in Port Moresby has reiterated that the Japanese government will not pay any war compensations because it is bound by the Treaty of San Francisco, which allegedly prohibits such awards.

First Secretary Euggy Okaba says the Japanese government will not pay the 100 billion yen ($US 77 billion)compensation sought by war victims in Papua New Guinea and other Asia-Pacific nations.

The chairman of the PNG redress association, Gabriel Rakua, has hit back at Okaba, however, accusing the Japanese embassy official of trying to cover up the country's war time mistakes.

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