Australian Government accepts offer of Japanese War Records

The Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment wel­comes Japan­ese For­eign Min­is­ter Maehara’s apol­o­gy to Aus­tralian Pris­on­ers of War (POWs) for the hor­rors they endured under Japan­ese con­trol in World War II.

For­eign Min­is­ter Mae­hara also announced Japan would return to Aus­tralia his­tor­i­cal records of for­mer Aus­tralian POWs held by Japan dur­ing World War II.

The Min­is­ter for For­eign Affairs, Kevin Rudd and Min­is­ter for Vet­er­ans’ Affairs and Defence Sci­ence and Per­son­nel, War­ren Snow­don, thanked the Japan­ese Government. 

“I wel­come their offer which is made in the spir­it of coop­er­a­tion. These index cards were orig­i­nal­ly offered to Aus­tralia by the Japan­ese Gov­ern­ment in 1953, but the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment of the time chose not to take up the offer, believ­ing that they would not con­tain any new infor­ma­tion,” Mr Rudd said. 

Min­is­ter Snow­don said the Japan­ese records may shed light on the fate of the mem­bers of Lark Force, many of whom were lost when the Japan­ese trans­port Mon­te­v­ideo Maru was sunk by a US sub­ma­rine in 1942.

“The Gov­ern­ment recog­nis­es that there are fam­i­lies who remain uncer­tain about the fate of those cap­tured by the Japan­ese dur­ing World War II,” said Mr Snow­don. “In recent years, the Rabaul and Mon­te­v­ideo Maru Soci­ety have main­tained inter­est in the fate of Aus­tralian pris­on­ers of war and have pressed the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment to seek access to the card system.” 

The records are expect­ed to be housed in the Aus­tralian War Memorial. 

Media Con­tact:
Min­is­ter Rudd: Kate Sieper 0466 745 615
Min­is­ter Snow­don: Alice Plate: 0400 045 999 

Press release
Min­is­te­r­i­al Sup­port and Pub­lic Affairs,
Depart­ment of Defence,
Can­ber­ra, Australia 

Face­book and/or on Twit­ter

Team GlobDef

Seit 2001 ist im Internet unterwegs, um mit eigenen Analysen, interessanten Kooperationen und umfassenden Informationen für einen spannenden Überblick der Weltlage zu sorgen. war dabei die erste deutschsprachige Internetseite, die mit dem Schwerpunkt Sicherheitspolitik außerhalb von Hochschulen oder Instituten aufgetreten ist.

Alle Beiträge ansehen von Team GlobDef →