On the Completion of the "Atonement Project" of the Asian Women's Fund (AWF) in the Netherlands

July 13, 2001

  1. The three-year implementation term of the "atonement project" of the Asian Women's Fund (AWF) in the Netherlands will end on July 14 (Sat). The Government of Japan sincerely welcomes the successful completion of the project.

  2. I would like to pay tribute and express my gratitude to the Project Implementation Committee in the Netherlands (PICN) for their committed endeavor and cooperation to implement smoothly the AWF project in the Netherlands. The Government of Japan intends to continue maximum cooperation for the AWF projects.

  3. The Government of Japan recognizes that the issue of "comfort women", with the involvement of Japanese military authorities at that time, was a grave affront to the honor and dignity of large numbers of women, and holds its sincere apology and remorse for all those who underwent immeasurable and painful experiences and suffered incurable physical and psychological wounds as "comfort women". With this recognition, the Government of Japan has expressed its apology and remorse to the former "comfort women" on various occasions and has provided all possible cooperation for the AWF, which is carrying out projects that express national atonement to the former "comfort women".

  4. In the Statement of the Prime Minister in 1995, the Government of Japan once again acknowledged with deep remorse and sincere apology, the enormous damage and suffering inflicted by Japan on the people of many countries, including the Netherlands, during a certain period in the past, and such feelings remain unchanged.


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