Saturday, January 1, 2011
DPJ Compensation/Learning History-XII
The LDP government refused to give any compensation to those who suffered from Japan’s war for years. On 15 June 2010, however, on the last day of the Diet session, the DPJ voted to enact a bill to give a one-shot allowance to Japanese who were interned in Siberia, Mongolia, and Central Asia and used as forced labor after World War II. Among some 600,000 interned POWs, nearly 80,000 are still alive, eligible to receive compensation ranging from 250,000 to 1.5 million yen depending on the length of their internment. The families of those who died earlier will also be entitled to the allowance. Japanese bureaucrats, in particular from the Finance Ministry and the Internal Affairs Ministry, strongly opposed the latest bill because the Japanese bureaucrats fear that it might trigger other war-related compensation demands (Japan Times).