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Wednesday, June 01, 2005

German Calls for Japan Apology

German experts slam recent claims by Japan officials.

After the Second World War, war criminals no longer enjoy immunity under international law, Professor Rudolf Dolzer, Director of the Institute for International Law of the University of Bonn, told Xinhua in a telephone interview.

"In our time, individuals who commit war crimes, crimes against peace and crimes against humanity are no longer shielded by the sovereignty of their state," he said.

Last week, Masahiro Morioka, Japan's parliamentary secretary for health, labor and welfare, claimed that Class-A war criminals convicted for crimes by the International Military Tribunal for the Far East following World War II are not criminals because the tribunal was "one-sided."

"The Tribunal was comprised of renowned lawyers from eleven countries, the trial procedure was lawful and the Tribunal had thetask to render a fair decision," Dolzer said.

The Tribunal had very high ranking and order and its ruling "is considered a milestone in international law, together with thatof the Nuremberg Tribunal," he added.

In a meeting of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) House of Representatives members on May 26, Morioka called the Tokyo war crimes tribunal "a unilateral tribunal."

"There are no grounds to say winners are right and losers are wrong. There is no need to apologize," the Japanese official said.

However, Dolzer, who served as director general of Germany's chancellor office in 1992-1996, noted that it is not surprising Japan should be reminded of the war crimes the Japanese militarists committed during the war.

Some of these Japanese officials are just a laugh a minute.