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Politics & Diplomacy

Toward the Abe Statement on the 70th Anniversary of the End of World War II

Lessons from the 20th Century and a Vision for the 21st Century for Japan

The Advisory Panel on the History of the 20th Century and on Japan’s Role and the World Order in the 21st Century

Translated by Tara Cannon

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About the Book

In 1995 and 2005, Japan’s prime ministers released landmark statements to mark the 50th and 60th anniversaries of the end of World War II. In 2015, as the 70th anniversary approached, many around Asia and the world were focused on what sort of statement Prime Minister Shinzo Abe would release. The media was filled with speculation about whether his statement would uphold previous prime ministers’ statements and include words such as “aggression,” “colonial rule,” or “apology.”

 

It was in this context that Prime Minister Abe himself commissioned a panel of Japan’s foremost experts—including professors of history and political science, business leaders, and journalists—to look back on the 20th century and the path Japan followed before and after the war, and look ahead to the role Japan should play in the 21st century. The statement he ultimately released drew heavily from the report compiled by this advisory panel.

 

This book brings together the presentations delivered to the panel as well as frank commentary by the panel members as they explore the history of Japan in the 20th century, lessons to be drawn from Japan’s experiences, its reconciliation with both Western and Asian countries, and the contributions that Japan should make to the world going forward.

 

The wide-ranging perspectives compiled here from some of Japan’s most distinguished voices provide invaluable insights for those wishing to better understand not only the background to the Abe Statement but also Japan’s trajectory and its place within the international community.

About the Author

In 2015, the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, a panel of Japan’s foremost experts came together to look back on the history of the 20th century and look ahead to the role Japan should play in the 21st century. This book encapsulates both the superb presentations delivered to the panel and the candid commentary by panel members that followed.

Published by: JPIC | Hardcover |
ISBN 978-4-916055-85-9
332 pages | 220mm (h) x 148mm (w) pages | March 2017