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S.Con.Res. 158 (rfh) [Referred in House] ...
S. CON. RES. 158
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 camps;
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
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 labor;
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 efforts to facilitate discussions among the
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
Passed the Senate October 31 (legislative day, September
S. CON. RES. 158
Expressing the sense of Congress regarding appropriate actions of the
United States Government to facilitate the settlement of claims of
former members of the Armed Forces against Japanese companies that
profited from the slave labor that those personnel were forced to
perform for those companies as prisoners of war of Japan during World
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