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S.Con.Res. 158 (es) [Engrossed in Senate] ...
Agreed to December 15, 2000
One Hundred Sixth Congress
United States of America
AT THE SECOND SESSION
Begun and held at the City of Washington on Monday,
the twenty-fourth day of January, two thousand
Whereas from December 1941 to April 1942, members of the United States
Armed Forces fought valiantly against overwhelming Japanese military
forces on the Bataan peninsula of the Island of Luzon in the
Philippines, thereby preventing Japan from accomplishing strategic
objectives necessary for achieving early military victory in the
Pacific during World War II;
Whereas after receiving orders to surrender on April 9, 1942, many of
those valiant combatants were taken prisoner of war by Japan and
forced to march 85 miles from the Bataan peninsula to a prisoner-of-
war camp at former Camp O'Donnell;
Whereas of the members of the United States Armed Forces captured by
Imperial Japanese forces during the entirety of World War II, a total
of 36,260 of them survived their capture and transit to Japanese
prisoner-of-war camps to be interned in those camps, and 37.3 percent
of those prisoners of war died during their imprisonment in those
Whereas that march resulted in more than 10,000 deaths by reason of
starvation, disease, and executions;
Whereas many of those prisoners of war were transported to Japan where
they were forced to perform slave labor for the benefit of private
Japanese companies under barbaric conditions that included torture
and inhumane treatment as to such basic human needs as shelter,
feeding, sanitation, and health care;
Whereas the private Japanese companies unjustly profited from the
uncompensated labor cruelly exacted from the American personnel in
violation of basic human rights;
Whereas these Americans do not make any claims against the Japanese
Government or the people of Japan, but, rather, seek some measure of
justice from the Japanese companies that profited from their slave
Whereas they have asserted claims for compensation against the private
Japanese companies in various courts in the United States;
Whereas the United States Government has, to date, opposed the efforts
of these Americans to receive redress for the slave labor and
inhumane treatment, and has not made any effort to facilitate
discussions among the parties;
Whereas in contrast to the claims of the Americans who were prisoners
of war in Japan, the Department of State has facilitated a settlement
of the claims made against private German businesses by individuals
who were forced into slave labor by the Government of the Third Reich
of Germany for the benefit of the German businesses during World War
II: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring),
That it is the sense of Congress that it is in the interest of justice
and fairness that the United States, through the Secretary of State or
other appropriate officials, put forth its best efforts to facilitate
discussions designed to resolve all issues between former members of
the Armed Forces of the United States who were prisoners of war forced
into slave labor for the benefit of Japanese companies during World War
II and the private Japanese companies who profited from their slave
Secretary of the Senate.
Clerk of the House of Representatives.
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