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CONGRESSMAN ROBERT A. UNDERWOOD Delegate from Guam U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C.

NEWS RELEASE July 17, 2000


Congressman Robert A. Underwood and several of his colleagues have introduced a House Concurrent Resolution calling for the Japanese Government to formally issue a "clear and unambiguous apology for the atrocious war crimes committed by the Japanese military during World War II."

The resolution, H. Con. Res. 357, was sponsored by Congressmen Lane Evans, (D-Il), William Lipinski (D-Il), Dana Rohrabacher (R-Ca), House Democratic Whip David Bonior (D-Mi), Brian Bilbray (R-Ca), Gene Green (D-Tx), Tillie Fowler (R-Fl), Tom Campbell (R-Ca), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Sue Kelly (R-NY), Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Edward Royce (R-Ca), James McGovern (D-Ma), Zoe Lofgren (D-Ca), Nick Lampson (D-Tx), Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Tx), Anna Eshoo (D-Ca) and Underwood on June 19 and was referred to the House International Relations Committee, chaired by Congressman Ben Gilman (R-NY), who led a congressional delegation which visited Guam last August.

The resolution states that the Japanese Government "deliberately ignored and flagrantly violated the Geneva and Hague Conventions and committed atrocious crimes against humanity..." and lists among these crimes the capture and imprisonment of 33,587 American Armed Forces personnel and 13,966 U.S. citizens in the Pacific Theater, the invasion and occupation of Guam, the medical experiments conducted on American war prisoners in Manchuria, the slaughter of more than 320,000 Chinese during the "Rape of Nanking" in 1937, the enslavement of millions of Koreans as laborers, and the sexual enslavement of thousands of so-called "comfort women."

The Government of Germany, the resolution points out, has formally apologized to the victims of the Holocaust and had gone to great lengths to provide financial compensation to the victims, but by contrast, the Government of Japan has refused to acknowledge the crimes committed during World War II or to provide reparations to its victims.

The resolutions calls not only for an apology but also for the payment of reparations to all victims, including U.S. military personnel.

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