POWs & Forced Labour
Selected Documents & References | Related Websites & Videos | Books and DVDs | News Reports
Selected Documents & References
- Convention concerning Forced or Compulsory Labour (1930)
- Abolition of Forced Labour Convention (1957)
- WWII POW and Forced Labor Compensation Cases (The Library of Congress – USA)
- Hanaoka Incident of the Kajima Corporation
- Publicly Traded Companies that Benefited from Forced or Slave Labor, 1929-1945 (December 2011) Download PDF
- Kang Jian, “Rejected by All Plaintiffs: Failure of the Nishimatsu-Shinanogawa ‘Settlement’ with Chinese Forced Laborers in Wartime Japan”. The Asia-Pacific Journal, 32-5-10, August 9, 2010.
- William Underwood, “Redress Crossroads in Japan: Decisive Phase in Campaigns to Compensate Korean and Chinese Wartime Forced Laborers”. The Asia-Pacific Journal, 30-1-10, July 26, 2010.
- Kim Hyo Soon and Kil Yun Hyung, “Remembering and Redressing the Forced Mobilization of Korean Laborers by Imperial Japan”. The Asia-Pacific Journal, 7-3-10, February 15, 2010.
- Kang Jian, Arimitsu Ken and William Underwood, “Assessing the Nishimatsu Corporate Approach to Redressing Chinese Forced Labor in Wartime Japan”. The Asia-Pacific Journal, 47-1-09, November 23, 2009.
- William Underwood, “Proof of POW Forced Labor for Japan’s Foreign Minister: The Aso Mines”. The Asia-Pacific Journal, Japan Focus, May 28, 2007.
- William Underwood, “The Japanese Court, Mitsubishi and Corporate Resistance to Chinese Forced Labor Redress”. The Asia-Pacific Journal, Japan Focus, February 8, 2006.
- POWs/Forced Labor: Japan
- The Chinese Forced-labor Lawsuit: the Case of Liu Lianren, Presentation at the GA Conference, Nov 15-17, 2002. (PDF)
- Japanese govt should compensate forced Chinese laborers: experts (Tokyo High Court verdict on the case of Liu Lianren) June 25, 2005
Related Websites & Videos
- Judicial Proceedings: POWs and Forced Labor
- Prisoners of War of the Japanese 1939-1945 (Forces War Records, UK)
- Foundation EVZ “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” (Germany)
- Far East POW Community
- Taiwan PoW Camps Memorial Society
- American and European Women Prisoners of Japan
- The Center for Internee Rights, Inc.
- Forgotten Holocaust watch on Youtube
- The Thai-Burma Railway & Hellfire Pass: Australian POWs 1942-1945 (Australian Government)
The Burma Railway (watch on Youtube below):
Books & DVDs
Daws, Gavan. Prisoners of the Japanese : Pows of World War II in the Pacific. New York: Quill, 1994.Based on hundreds of interviews with those who survived the Japanese imprisonment. The book contains recollections of American prisoners of war before, during, and after their capture. 16 pages of photos are included.
Tenney, Lester I. My Hitch in Hell: The Bataan Death March. Washington: Brassey's, 1995.Memoir of US prisoner of war captured by Japanese at the beginning of the war in the Philippines.
Tromp, Sheri G. (ed.) Four Years Till Tomorrow: Despair and Hope in Wartime Dutch East Indies. Vanderheide Publishing, 1999.26 survivors – many of whom were then children and are now living in British Columbia – relate their despair and hope in Japanese concentration camps in the 1940s Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia). These survivor stories give readers a deeper understanding of what human beings are capable of, in terms of both cruelty and heroism.
Witness to History: Canadian Survivors of WWII in Asia (DVD). British Columbia Association for Learning and Preserving the History of WWII in Asia (ALPHA), 2005. archive.alpha-canada.org/OralHistoryFour testimonies provided on this DVD: Tony Cowling who spent 3 ½ years in many slave labour camps in the Dutch East Indies, Tang Tonjiang whose family moved many times fleeing Japanese attacks; Marius van Dijk van Nooten experienced many concentration camps in the Dutch East Indies, and Miriam who also experienced many concentration camps in Sumatra.
- 2006-08-08 NHK's finest hour: Japan's official record of Chinese forced labor William Underwood outlines NHK's gradual shift from investigative journalism to the nation's paper most likely to report favorably on the government
- 2005-06-24 Japanese firm made him suffer; Now Japanese govt makes him angry (Geng Zhun and the Hanaoka uprising of the forced slave labour)