- World War II
The Japanese Imperial Army
began its invasion of China and domination of Asia of Asia in the
1930's, long before the start of World War II. History estimates that
by 1945 the Army had murdered 15-30 civilians alone. Japanese
imperialists committed atrocities on a scale that exceeded the
extermination of the European Jewry by Nazi Germany.
The Rape of Nanking is
emblematic of Japan's W.W.II atrocities throughout Asia, which include
the enslavement of the "Comfort Women", and the germ and chemical
warfare experimentation on humans by Unit 731.
The Atrocities began as
early as the Japanese Imperial Army's deployment in Korea. Young
women were kidnapped and forced into sexual slavery as "Comfort
Women". Forced to endure dozens of rapes each day, such women often
committed suicide rather then live with this shame.
In China, men were
taken prisoner and used by the notorious Unit 731 of the Japanese army
as laboratory subjects for barbaric bacteriological and chemical
experiments. Unit 731 test numerous poisons on their helpless
victims, observing and recording their agonizing deaths.
The horrors of W.W.II
in Asia are best symbolized by the Rape of Nanking episode. After
Nanking fell to the Japanese forces in December 1937, the Imperial
Army murdered 150,000-300,000 unarmed civilians, including woman and
children. During a horrific period of six weeks, men were burned,
buried alive, and used for target practice. Women were raped and
killed. Infants were bayoneted in the arms of their parents. The
current Japanese government steadfastly denies this orgy of murder and
mayhem unleashed by the advancing Japanese Imperial Army.
Instead, the Japanese
government has attempted to rewrite the history of its sordid conduct
during W.W.II by issuing school textbooks that deny the imperialist
aggression, and make war heroes commanders who ordered or sanctioned
the commission of war crimes.
The Japanese Government
evades its obligation by hiding behind the 1951 peace treaty and other
bilateral international agreements. These treaties were simply
political expedient actions formulated to resolve issues between
governments. The 1951 Peace Treaty neither absolved Japan of its
moral responsibility to its victims in Asia in Asia nor extinguished
claims brought by the victims of these atrocities. Japan has been
stonewalling legitimate demands for apology and reparation.
The Japanese government
can only atone for its war crimes by formally apologizing and making
reparations through comprehensive legislation enacted by the Japanese
Diet, signed into law by the prime minister and endorsed by the
Emperor. Until these demands are met, RNRC urges the United States
Government to block Japan's admission to the Security Council of the
United Nations as a permanent member, and to use all available
diplomatic and economic pressures to secure Japan's acknowledgement of
its shameful past and its commitment to present-day justice for its
victims, living or dead.
the Rape of Nanking
Redress Coalition (RNRC) has joined the international movement to
rectify more then half a century of denial and injustice. The RNRC is
dedicated to securing the appropriate and timely redress from the
Co-chair by the
Hon. Lillian K Sing and Dr. Clifford Uyeda, the RNRC is a non-profit,
tax-exempt, community-based organization. RNRC undertakes educational
programs and community action to increase public awareness of the war
crimes committed in Asia during W.W.II RNRC seeks to mobilize support
for demand that Japan formally issue a national apology,
institutionalize programs and remembrance for the nation, and initiate
meaningful reparations and just compensation for the victims.