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Japan, America And The War In The Pacific

EDM number 1227 in 1994-95, proposed by Harry Barnes on 12/06/1995.

That this House urges the Japanese Diet to bring forward a clear and unequivocal statement of apology for Japan's large role in starting the war in the Pacific, particularly its attack on Pearl Harbour in 1941, its brutal occupation of many countries in the region and the widespread mistreatment of prisoners; also urges the United States Government to apologise unequivocally for its militarily unnecessary decision to use atomic weapons for the first time ever on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, in which around 200,000 people perished; recognises that senior US officials acknowledged this in 1945; notes the views of the then US Commander in Chief, and future US President, General Eisenhower, that 'it wasn't necessary to hit them with that awful thing,' and the view of Admiral Leahy, President Truman's Chief of Staff in 1945 that 'this barbarous weapon was of no material assistance in our war against Japan ... in being the first to use it, we had adopted an ethical standard common to the barbarians of the Dark Ages'; and commends the work of former State Department official, Gar Alperovitz, whose book, Atomic Diplomacy, Hiroshima and Postdam - the use of the Atomic Bomb and the American Confrontation with Soviet Power, should be required reading on the issue.

This motion has been signed by a total of 25 MPs, 1 of these signatures have been withdrawn.

Harry Barnes12/06/1995North East DerbyshireProposed
Robert Parry13/06/1995Liverpool, RiversideSigned
Lynne Jones13/06/1995Birmingham, Selly OakSigned
Bill Michie13/06/1995Sheffield, HeeleySigned
Jimmy Dunnachie13/06/1995Glasgow, PollokSigned
Norman Godman13/06/1995Greenock and Port GlasgowSigned
Paddy Tipping13/06/1995SherwoodSigned
Dennis Turner13/06/1995Wolverhampton South EastSigned
Eddie Loyden14/06/1995Liverpool, GarstonSigned
Richard Burden14/06/1995Birmingham, NorthfieldSigned
Mike Hall14/06/1995Warrington SouthSigned
Terry Lewis15/06/1995WorsleySigned
Neil Gerrard15/06/1995WalthamstowSigned
John Evans15/06/1995St Helens NorthSigned
Alan Simpson15/06/1995Nottingham SouthSigned
Michael Clapham19/06/1995Barnsley West & PenistoneSigned
Roland Boyes20/06/1995Houghton and WashingtonSigned
Paul Flynn20/06/1995Newport WestSigned
Martin Redmond22/06/1995Don ValleySigned
Ken Livingstone22/06/1995Brent EastSigned
Jack Thompson27/06/1995WansbeckSigned
Jim Cousins28/06/1995Newcastle upon Tyne CentralSigned
Martyn Jones06/07/1995Clwyd South WestSigned
Audrey Wise18/07/1995PrestonSigned
Derek EnrightUnknownWithdrawn

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