Guam Senator Wants White House To Pursue WWII Reparations

admin's picture

Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Guam ‘endured unspeakable atrocities’ during Japanese occupation

By Shawn Raymundo

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, Jan. 7, 2016) – Sen. Frank Blas Jr. is urging the nation’s security adviser to advocate for Guam families that were abused during World War II.

His call for advocacy comes on the heels of an agreement between Japan and South Korea involving the abuse of "comfort women."

Late last month, the two governments reached an agreement in which more than $8.3 million will be provided to survivors who were forced into sexual slavery under Japanese imperial rule in the 1930s and ’40s, according to news reports.

In a letter to National Security Advisor Susan Rice, Blas on Wednesday reminded her that Guam too was under Japanese occupation during the war and also "endured unspeakable atrocities."

Noting that Guam plays "an integral" role in the military’s strategic alliance in the Asia-Pacific region, he continued encouraging her to be a voice for Guam in Washington, D.C., by advocating the federal government to resolve Guam’s war claims.

"This cries for justice and our people have made many attempts through Congress to resolve war claim issues, but we have to have our war claims addressed," he wrote.

"Sadly, the number of Chamorro survivors from the war continues to lessen so we look to President Barack Obama to finally give our people the resolution they deserve much like the agreement you applauded between Japan and Korea," he continued.

As part of the agreement between Japan and South Korea, Japan must make a remorseful apology, while South Korea must cease all discussions regarding "comfort women," news reports stated.

"We support this agreement and its full implementation, and believe this comprehensive resolution is an important gesture of healing and reconciliation that should be welcomed by the international community," Rice had said in a White House statement.

Rate this article: 
No votes yet

Add new comment