Letter to Director General of UNESCO & UNESCO’s Int’l Advisory Committee for the Memory of the World Registerread
Letter to the Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan: 5th Int’l Memorial Dayread
New books on Nanjing Massacre and Bombing of Chongqing added to ALPHA’s Collectionread
Petition Letter to US Congressman, Ed Royce for Stopping Japanese Prime Minister Abe’s speech at the joint congress in May
The petition requests US Congressman, ED Royce’s special attention not to allow Prime Minister Abe to address a joint session of Congress unless
(1) he acknowledges the war criminals convicted in the Tokyo Tribunal as war criminals under all laws;
(2) he promises not to visit the controversial Yasukuni Shrine; and
(3) he stops rewriting the history of the Asia Pacific History.
Read the petition: PDF in English
Statement issued by Canada ALPHA in support of International Memorial Day for the “comfort women”
We at Canada ALPHA write this letter in support of the Halmonis who are still with us in the struggle for justice today, those we have lost through these years, and the hundreds of thousands who did not survive the nightmare of sexual slavery. Sadly, we write this letter as the current rightwing Japanese government reinterprets Article 9.
Read the statement: PDF in English
Statement issued by Canada ALPHA in response to Japan’s Recent Review of the Kono Statement
On Friday, June 20, 2014, the Japanese government presented to its parliament the results of a review by a panel of government-selected “experts” on the study that formed the basis of the 1993 Kono Statement. This recent review, rather than a sincere step towards solving the issue of military sexual slavery during the Asia-Pacific War, is yet another attempt on the part of the Japanese government to evade responsibility for its wartime crimes with smoke and mirrors. Canada ALPHA thus issued a statement in response to Japan’s recent of the Kono Statement.
Open letter to Mr. Ban Ki-moon
It is in the spirit of concern for international justice and global peace that we are writing you today. We were shocked to learn that the Japanese city of Minami-kyushu has submitted a cache of letters left by Second World War kamikaze pilots to UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register…Read More: PDF in English
A reminder ignored: History Denied = Justice Denied
Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, was received on Monday by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. On Monday, we issued several reminders to Prime Minister Harper.
On Monday, we reminded Prime Minister Harper of a Motion which passed unanimously in the House of Commons in 2007. The Motion states: “That the Government of Canada should therefore encourage the Government of Japan to…take full responsibility for the involvement of the Japanese Imperial Forces in the system of forced prostitution, including through a formal and sincere apology expressed in the Diet to all of those who were victims; and to continue to address those affected in a spirit of reconciliation.” On Monday, we reminded Prime Minister Harper of the obligation to raise this with Mr. Abe, particularly in light of harsh remarks claiming the necessity of military sexual slavery by Hashimoto, the Mayor of Osaka, in May 2013… Read More
A reminder to Harper and Abe: History Denied = Justice Denied
As Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, is currently visiting Canada and being received by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, we at BC ALPHA (Association for Learning and Preserving the History of WWII in Asia) have some important reminders.
We would like to remind Prime Minister Harper of Motion 291. Motion 291 calls for the Government of Japan to abandon any statement which devalues the expression of regret from the Kono Statement of 1993; to clearly and publicly refute any claims that the sexual enslavement and trafficking of the ‘comfort women’ for the Japanese Imperial Forces never occurred; to take full responsibility for the involvement of the Japanese Imperial Forces in the system of forced prostitution, including through a formal and sincere apology expressed in the Diet to all of those who were victims; and to continue to address those affected in a spirit of reconciliation.
An Open Letter to People of Japan by BC ALPHA
In the spirit of new beginnings, we are entering the New Year with the hopes that you and our organization may work together to achieve the goals of truth, reconciliation, and peace in the Asia-Pacific region. As you may be aware, continued denial by Japan’s right-wing government of atrocities committed during the war by the Japanese Imperial Armed Forces is a cause of conflict and insecurity in the Asia-Pacific. The unresolved tensions have manifested in numerous ways this past year. Whether it is territorial disputes in the East China Sea, doubts over the validity of the claims of victims of Japanese military sexual slavery system, or denials of the Nanjing Massacre, what is clear is that the unhealed wounds from the war-time atrocities by the Japanese military, what we recognize as the “Asian Holocaust,” are directly affecting relations between countries in the region today. We simply cannot move into a peaceful and prosperous future without acknowledging and reconciling the past…. Read More