The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010

Press Release 24 October 2010

19 October 2010. Governor Schwarzenegger has signed into law The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010, which seeks the elimination of slavery and trafficking from product supply chains. This legislation gives California consumers and businesses the opportunity to halt the import and purchase of goods tainted by slave labor. The bill demands that retailers and manufacturers implement policies to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from supply chains for products sold in California.

During WW II, Japanese corporations conspired with the Japanese Imperial government to kidnap 40,000 Chinese, other Asian, and Allied POWs as slave laborers for Japanese corporations. The time has long since passed for those guilty of such war crimes and atrocities to confess, and to make just and fair repayment to their victims and surviving families. This new legislation opens the door to meaningful albeit belated resolution, and can help bring closure to past war crimes of Japan.

The bill further recognizes the important educational role that businesses can play, as well as enabling consumers and investors to make informed purchasing and investment decisions. It becomes especially significant for Japanese manufacturers and suppliers to California markets. Japanese corporations that are free of a history of profiting from slave labor practices during WW II may now advertise that fact. Consumers and government agencies may then comfortably and in good conscience purchase goods and services from those same firms that choose to comply with this law.

The Global Alliance for Preserving the History of WW II in Asia now urges all Japanese companies to use the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 and make their histories known immediately in anticipation of the law’s effective date, 1 January 2012, and to take corrective action. If Japanese manufacturers and retailers wish to do business in California, including bidding for government contracts, they can now make full disclosure of and correction for slavery and human trafficking practices.

According to Governor Schwarzenegger, “…this bill requires businesses … to disclose their efforts to eradicate slavery from their supply chain … This will increase transparency, allow consumers to get more information and make more choices and motivate businesses to ensure humane practices.”

The Global Alliance is a federally chartered 501c3 educational organization and a California corporation. We seek acknowledgment and remedy for war crimes and atrocities of the Japanese Imperial Army committed during WW II in mainland Asia and island nations of the Pacific. For more information, please contact gainfo@Global-Alliance.net.
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