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On Tuesday, March 3, ADBC-MS testimony was part of the Legislative Presentation of Multiple Veterans Service Organizations (AXPOW, PVA, SVA, GSW, MOAA, FRA, IAVA)..
Jan Thompson, President of the ADBC-MS called on Congress to do the following in this 75th Anniversary of Liberation:
- Award, collectively the American POWs of Japan the Congressional Gold Medal.
- Instruct the U.S. Department of State to prepare a report for Congress on the history and funding of the “Japan/POW Friendship Program” began in 2010 and how it compares with programs for Allied POWs and Takahashi groups.
- Encourage the Government of Japan to continue the “Japan/POW Friendship Program.”
- Encourage the Government of Japan to expand its “Japan/POW Friendship Program” into a permanent educational initiative.
- Request the Government of Japan to include the history of POW slave labor in the information provided about the sites of Japan’s “Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining” on the UNESCO World Industrial Heritage list.
- Work with the Government of Japan to create a memorial at the Port of Moji on Kyushu where most of the POW hellships docked and unloaded their sick and dying human cargo.