(Yomiuri: April 17, 2015 – p. 4)
The government released on April 16 the latest summary of discussions by a panel of experts on a statement to be issued on the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
The panel, led by Japan Post President Taizo Nishimuro, met for the third time on April 2 to evaluate Japan’s postwar efforts in the areas of pacifism, economic development, and international contribution.
According to the meeting’s minutes, Prime Minister Abe stressed that “Japan has done a great deal of good deeds in secret over the past 70 years.” He also noted: “Japan has become what it is today is now thanks to the support it received from around the world when it was mired in poverty. Now it’s Japan’s turn.”
Japan International Cooperation Agency President Akihiko Tanaka, a guest expert, explained that “[Japan’s postwar path] was the result of profound and total remorse for its acts of aggression during wartime.”
Yukio Okamoto, a panel member and foreign affairs critic, analyzed that Japan’s postwar peace is attributed to “its defense mechanism structured around the Japan-U.S. security treaty, not Article 9.”
The path that Japan has taken since the end of WWII was mostly discussed in a positive tone, but there were some negative opinions as well. “Japan has yet to settle (the issues of the comfort women and Yasukuni visits) over the past 70 years,” said one participant.