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Advisory panel on postwar statement praises reconciliation with U.S., Australia

  • 2015-05-13 15:00:00
  • , Yomiuri
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(Yomiuri: May 13, 2015 – p.4)


 The government disclosed on May 12 the gist of the 4th meeting (held on April 22) of the advisory panel that deliberates on “the postwar 70th anniversary statement” (the Advisory Panel on the History of the 20th Century and on Japan’s Role and the World Order in the 21st Century, chaired by Taizo Nishimuro, President of the Japan Post Holdings Co., Ltd.,). The panel members discussed “the reconciliation between Japan and Western countries,” praising Japan’s reconciliation with the U.K., the U.S. and Australia, its former enemies.


 According to the gist, two experts outside the panel, Fumiaki Kubo, a professor of the University of Tokyo, and Yuichi Hosoya, a professor of Keio University, attended the meeting to provide briefings on Japan’s postwar diplomacy. Kubo praised the Japan-U.S. relationship by saying, “Former enemies have become strong allies in an extremely short period.” Hosoya explained, “Although the abuse of the UK prisoners of war disgraced Japan,” efforts such as inviting former POWs to Japan at the civilian level helped Japan regain trust. Some members of the panel expressed the view that “reconciliation can be realized through dialogue between the government and civilian entities with an eye on the future.”

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