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Implementation of the Japanese Imperial Government Disclosure Act and the Japanese War Crimes Provisions of the Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act: An Interim Report to Congress

The Nazi War Crimes and Japanese Imperial Government Records Interagency Working Group (IWG) recently submitted this report to Congress in response to the statutory requirements of the Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act of 1998 and the Japanese Imperial Government Disclosure Act of 2000. The Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act of 1998 established the Nazi War Criminal Records IWG to oversee the declassification and release of US Government records containing information on Nazi crimes during World War II, and the Japanese Imperial Government Disclosure Act of 2000 established the declassification and release of American records specifically relating to Japanese crimes during World War II. The initial report, which was submitted to Congress on October 27, 1999 (last mentioned in the November 19, 1999 Scout Report), dealt with the Government's involvement in the identification and declassification of records regarding the Nazi war crimes in the European Theater in World War II. This recent report, however, includes the Government's efforts in identifying and declassifying records relating to crimes committed by Japan.
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