Canadian Conference on
March 21-22, 2003 University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Sixty years ago, war was
ravaging the world. In
Unfortunately, the hands
of the victors were not entirely clean either.
We have convened this
conference in order to learn from the lessons of the Asia-Pacific war. Given what is happening today, the conference
seems tragically timely.
As we open this
conference, the governments of the Unites States, Great Britain and
We urge all peoples to
understand the dangerous precedent this war represents for the Korean peninsula
and call for measures to halt any destablization in
that area so that peaceful reunification of the peninsula can be achieved.
It is not enough to
and the Canadian government have taken a courageous stand in keeping
This conference begins on
for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. We cannot accept that the invasion of
We make this statement
because of the extraordinary circumstance we are faced with. We do so with respect and know that there
will be differences of opinion. The
challenge of this conference is to learn from the past in a constructive and
mutually beneficial way so that we can banish war and eliminate crimes against
humanity. We owe this to the survivors
and to our children.
Tatsuo Kage, Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association, Human
Asia Pacific Lessons Conference