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『日本政府は1930年代から第2次世界大戦期間に、「慰安婦」と呼ばれる若い女性を日本軍に性的サービスを提供する目的で動員することを公式に委 任し た。日本政府による強制の軍隊売春制度「慰安婦」は、集団の性的暴行や強制流産、辱め、身体の切断や死亡、究極的に自殺を招いた性的暴行など、残虐性と規 模で前例のない20世紀最大規模の人身売買のひとつだ。

日本の学校で使われている新しい教科書は、慰安婦の悲劇や太平洋戦争中の日本の戦争犯罪を縮小しようとしている。

日本の公共・民間の関係者は、慰安婦の苦しみに対する政府の真剣な謝罪を盛り込んだ1993年の河野洋平官房長官の慰安婦関連談話を希釈したり撤回しようとする意図を示している。

日本政府は、1921年に女性と児童の人身売買を禁止する条約に署名し、2000年には武力紛争が女性に及ぼす影響に関する国連安全保障理事会決議1325号も支持している。

下院は、人間の安全と人権、民主的価値、法律の統治や安保理決議1325号への支持など、日本の努力を称賛する。

日米同盟はアジア太平洋地域での米国の安保利益の礎で、地域安定と繁栄の根本だ。

冷戦以降、戦略的な環境の変化にかかわらず、日米同盟はアジア太平洋地域で政治・経済的な自由と人権、民主的制度に対する支持、両国国民と国際社会の繁栄確保などを含む共同の核心利益と価値に基盤を置いている。

下院は、日本の官僚や民間人の努力で1995年に民間レベルのアジア女性基金が設立されたことを称賛する。アジア女性基金には570万ドルが集まり、日本人の贖罪(しょくざい)を慰安婦らに伝えた後、2007年3月31日付で活動を終了した。以下は米下院の共同意見。

1.日本政府は1930年代から第2次世界大戦終戦に至るまでアジア諸国と太平洋諸島を植民地化したり戦時占領する過程で、日本軍が強制的に若い女性を「慰安婦」と呼ばれる性の奴隷にした事実を、明確な態度で公式に認めて謝罪し、歴史的な責任を負わなければならない。

2.日本の首相が公式声明を通じ謝罪すれば、これまで発表した声明の真実性と水準に対し繰り返されている疑惑を解消するのに役立つだろう。

3.日本政府は、日本軍が慰安婦を性の奴隷として人身売買を行った事実は決してないとする主張に対して、明確に、公開的に反論しなければならない。

4.日本政府は、国際社会が提示した慰安婦に関する勧告に従い、現世代と未来世代を対象に残酷な犯罪について教育を行わなければならない。 』

CURRENT HOUSE FLOOR PROCEEDINGS
LEGISLATIVE DAY OF JULY 30, 2007
110TH CONGRESS - FIRST SESSION

http://clerk.house.gov/floorsummary/floor.html

3:13 P.M. -
Mr. Lantos moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution.

H. Res. 121:
expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the Government of Japan should formally acknowledge, apologize, and accept historical responsibility in a clear and unequivocal manner for its Imperial Armed Force's coercion of young women into sexual slavery, known to the world as "comfort women", during its colonial and wartime occupation of Asia and the Pacific Islands from the 1930s through the duration of World War II

The title of the measure was amended. Agreed to without objection.

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.

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http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c110:H.RES.121:

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the Government of Japan should formally acknowledge, apologize, and accept historical responsibility in a clear and unequivocal... (Introduced in House)

HRES 121 IH

110th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. RES. 121

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the Government of Japan should formally acknowledge, apologize, and accept historical responsibility in a clear and unequivocal manner for its Imperial Armed Force's coercion of young women into sexual slavery, known to the world as `comfort women', during its colonial and wartime occupation of Asia and the Pacific Islands from the 1930s through the duration of World War II.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 31, 2007

Mr. HONDA (for himself, Mr. SMITH of New Jersey, Mr. ROYCE, Ms. WATSON, Mr. HARE, Ms. BORDALLO, and Mr. WU) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs

RESOLUTION

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the Government of Japan should formally acknowledge, apologize, and accept historical responsibility in a clear and unequivocal manner for its Imperial Armed Force's coercion of young women into sexual slavery, known to the world as `comfort women', during its colonial and wartime occupation of Asia and the Pacific Islands from the 1930s through the duration of World War II.

Whereas the Government of Japan, during its colonial and wartime occupation of Asia and the Pacific Islands from the 1930s through the duration of World War II, officially commissioned the acquisition of young women for the sole purpose of sexual servitude to its Imperial Armed Forces, who became known to the world as ianfu or `comfort women';

Whereas the `comfort women' system of forced military prostitution by the Government of Japan, considered unprecedented in its cruelty and magnitude, included gang rape, forced abortions, humiliation, and sexual violence resulting in mutilation, death, or eventual suicide in one of the largest cases of human trafficking in the 20th century;

Whereas some new textbooks used in Japanese schools seek to downplay the `comfort women' tragedy and other Japanese war crimes during World War II;

Whereas Japanese public and private officials have recently expressed a desire to dilute or rescind the 1993 statement by Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono on the `comfort women', which expressed the Government's sincere apologies and remorse for their ordeal;

Whereas the Government of Japan did sign the 1921 International Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Women and Children and supported the 2000 United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security which recognized the unique impact of armed conflict on women;

Whereas the House of Representatives commends Japan's efforts to promote human security, human rights, democratic values, and rule of law, as well as for being a supporter of Security Council Resolution 1325;

Whereas the House of Representatives commends those Japanese officials and private citizens whose hard work and compassion resulted in the establishment in 1995 of Japan's private Asian Women's Fund;

Whereas the Asian Women's Fund has raised $5,700,000 to extend `atonement' from the Japanese people to the comfort women; and

Whereas the mandate of the Asian Women's Fund, a government initiated and largely government-funded private foundation whose purpose was the carrying out of programs and projects with the aim of atonement for the maltreatment and suffering of the `comfort women', comes to an end on March 31, 2007, and the Fund is to be disbanded as of that date: Now,
therefore, be it

Resolved, That it is the sense of the House of Representatives that the Government of Japan--

(1) should formally acknowledge, apologize, and accept historical responsibility in a clear and unequivocal manner for its Imperial Armed Force's coercion of young women into sexual slavery, known to the world as `comfort women', during its colonial and wartime occupation of Asia and the Pacific Islands from the 1930s through the duration of World War II;

(2) should have this official apology given as a public statement presented by the Prime Minister of Japan in his official capacity;

(3) should clearly and publicly refute any claims that the sexual enslavement and trafficking of the `comfort women' for the Japanese Imperial Armed Forces never occurred; and

(4) should educate current and future generations about this horrible crime while following the recommendations of the international community with respect to the `comfort women'.

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