Enhancement of Resolution for Issues concerning Victims of Wartime

 Sexual Slavery Act (Proposal)

 

(Objective)

Article 1:

In view of the fact that prior to and during World War II, with the involvement of the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy, organized and prolonged coercion of sexual act was carried out against women and, because of such coercion, the dignity and honor of the women were severely violated and considering that it is the responsibility of the nation of Japan to take quick steps to restore the honor of the women, this act’s objectives lie in providing the necessary grounds for the resolution of the issues of “sexual slavery” and by doing so, in improving the relationship between the Japanese and the concerned nationals and in making it possible for Japan to occupy an honored place in an international society.

 

(Definition)

Article 2:

1 In this act, “wartime sexual slavery” means the act of organized and prolonged sexual servitude of women, who were conscripted against their will with direct and indirect involvement of the imperial army and navy before and during World War II.

2 In this act, “victims of wartime sexual slavery” are the women who have suffered from sexual servitude during the war and, according to the family registration act of 1915, whose domicile was not on the Japanese archipelago.

 

(Measures to Restore Honor)

Article 3:

1 The government must singularly express an apology for the violation of the honor and dignity of the victims of wartime sexual slavery and implement necessary measures to restore their honor as soon as possible.

2 The preceding phrase includes the monetary compensation for the victims of wartime sexual slavery.

 

(Fundamental Policies)

Article 4:

1 The government must lay down the fundamental policies on the measures to go forward with the resolution for the issues concerning the victims of wartime sexual slavery.

2 The fundamental policies determine the following terms.

a)  The terms concerning the contents and provisions of the measures as stated in the previous article.

b)  The terms concerning the Japanese government’s relationship with the concerned nations, the relationship that would be necessary to implement the measures as stated in the previous article.

c)  The terms concerning the investigation of still unfound cases of wartime sexual slavery and possible damage caused by them.

d)  Other than the terms as stated in these three phrases, the terms concerning the issues that are necessary for a quick resolution with regard to the victims of

wartime sexual slavery.

3 The government must acknowledge and report to the Diet any newly-stated fundamental policies or any change of the existing fundamental policies.

 

(Consideration for Relationship with Concerned Nations)

Article 5:

In implementation of the measures as stated in Article 3, the government must discuss the matters with the governments and other institutions of the concerned nations, and with their understanding and cooperation, care for and pay close attention to the bearing that the measures would have with the international treaties that Japan has concluded. 

 

(Consideration for Human Rights of Victims of Wartime Sexual Slavery)

Article 6:

1 In implementation of the measures as stated in Article 3, the government must respect the intention of the victims of wartime sexual slavery and pay close attention to their human rights.

2 For carrying out the investigation as stated in Article 4, Phrase 2, c), the government must take a special care so that the honor of the victims of wartime sexual slavery and of other concerned individuals will not be violated.

 

(Japanese People’s Recognition and Understanding)

Article 7:

In implementation of the measures as stated in Article 3, the government must try to gain the recognition of and understanding for the measures from the Japanese people.

 

(Budgetary Measures)

Article 8:

The government must implement legal, budgetary and other kinds of measures for the resolution of the issues concerning the victims of wartime sexual slavery.

 

(Report to the Diet)

Article 9:

Every year, the government must report to the Diet on the measures that it has implemented for the resolution of the issues concerning the victims of wartime sexual slavery and on the findings as results of the investigation as stated in Article 4, Phrase 2, c).  It also must publicly announce the summary of the report.

 

(Committee for Enhancement of Resolution for Issues concerning Victims of Wartime Sexual Slavery)

Article 10:

1 The committee for Enhancement of Resolution for Issues concerning Victims of Wartime Sexual Slavery will be established at the prime minister’s office as a special function.

2 The committee has the following administrative functions.

a)       It outlines the fundamental policies.

b)      It coordinates the pertinent administrative institutions in order to go forward with the resolution for the issues concerning the victims of wartime sexual slavery.

c)      Other than these two functions, it examines the important matters regarding the enhancement of the resolution for the issues concerning the victims of wartime sexual slavery and implement pertinent measures.

 

(Organization of Committee)

Article 11:

1 The committee consists of chairperson(s) and committee members.

2 The prime minister appoints the chairperson.

3 The prime minister appoints the committee members from the top positions of the pertinent administrative institutions.

4 In case that a special investigation is required, the position for special committee members can be created.

5 Other than these bylaws, the matters concerning the organization and activities of the committee will be determined by the ordinance.

 

Additional Clauses (Omitted)

 

(Tentative Translation by Senator Shoji Motooka Office, Mar. 2000)