"Rape of Nanking" Redress Coalition (RNRC)
Friday, April 15, 2005 Posted: 02:47 PM JST
The "Rape of Nanking" Redress Coalition (RNRC) is an American association seeking redress for atrocities committed by the Japanese Imperial Army in Nanjing (also Nanking) during the so called "Rape of Nanking" in 1937. The RNRC believes that Japan has not yet sufficiently apologized for its role during the Pacific War. Hereby a list of their demands.
From the RNRC's own publications:
The RNRC seeks to undertake educational programs and activities designed to increase public
awareness of the unresolved issues of the Pacific War and to mobilize support for demands that Japan formally institutionalize a national apology, programs of remembrance for the nation, and just compensation for the victims. These demands can be met through a comprehensive legislation enacted by the Japanese Diet, signed into law by the Prime Minister and endorsed by the Emperor. Until Japan demonstrates readiness to meet these demands, RNRC urges our government to block Japan's entry into the Security Council of the United Nations as a permanent member.
An Apology and Reparation bill must include the following elements:
I. An Apology.
The apology must clearly acknowledge the specific types of atrocities
committed in China and other Asian countries during the Pacific War.
This portion of the bill must
a. Authorize full disclosure and preservation of documents relating to the Pacific War;
b. Remove all statutory limitations under Japanese law that
prevent victims of WW II war crimes and crimes against humanity
from seeking due redress in the courts of Japan;
c. Mandate inclusion at all levels of schooling, education on the
Asia-Pacific War and its related war crime issues;
d. Provide funding for the creation of a Memorial Museum in Tokyo
dedicated to 1) commemoration and remembrance of the WW II war
victims, 2) preservation of documents declassified through IIa,
3) research and publication of materials pertaining to all facets
of the war, 4) education and outreach on lessons learned from all
war crimes and related issues, and 5) bringing closure to this
war and prevention of future wars of aggression;
e. Establish a national day of remembrance for victims of the Asia-Pacific War;
f. Outlaw public denial of war crimes committed by the Japanese
prosecute the many Japanese war criminals that have escaped
international war crime trials after the end of the war and
prohibit honoring and worshiping war criminals in the Yasukuni
Shrine or any other religious establishments of national
g. Return all looted national treasures, including cultural and historical relics;
h. Honor the "military monetary certificates" issued by
the Japanese occupational authorities that people of victimized
countries were forced to exchange for their national currencies
with due compensation to military monetary certificate holders;
g. Provide just and due compensation to 1) all identified deceased and surviving
victims or their surviving family members, and 2) victims whose
properties were looted and/or destroyed.
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