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Volume 441: debated on Monday 28 July 1947

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Reparation Claims


asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what principles have been laid down by the Far Eastern Commission for the sharing of reparations from Japan and, in particular, if each country concerned can claim, inter alia, for losses suffered by it from Japanese aggression; and for what losses the Russian Government is making claims.

The Far Eastern Commission have laid down that the shares of particular countries in the total sum of the reparations from Japan shall be determined on a broad political basis, taking into due account the scope of material and human damage suffered by each claimant country as a result of the preparation and execution of Japanese aggression, and taking also into due account each country's contribution to the cause of the default of Japan, including the extent and duration of its resistance to Japanese aggression. From this it will be seen that claims of the Governments concerned are not to be based upon particular losses, but that shares are to be determined on broad political lines.

Does this curious algebraical basis of calculation result, for example, in any compensation for Burma?

War Crimes (Trials)


asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs why the trial of General Tojo and other Japanese leaders for war crimes has been adjourned: and on what grounds the Russian Government has refused to allow certain Japanese generals to be examined at the trial.

At the request of the defence the Tribunal granted a recess from 23rd June to 4th August in order to enable the defence to prepare and shorten the remainder of their case. Although none of the Japanese whose presence has been requested at the trial, and who are held as prisoners of war by the Soviet authorities, has so far appeared, I understand that the Tribunal knows of no actual refusal by the Soviet authorities to return the prisoners.