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Reparation Claims

Volume 441: debated on Monday 28 July 1947

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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?