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LDP to launch panel to review Tokyo Tribunal, U.S. occupation policy, more

  • 2015-11-12 15:00:00
  • , Asahi
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(Asahi: November 12, 2015 – p. 4)

 

 The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) decided on Nov. 11 to set up a new body reporting directly to its president, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that will examine the history of the Sino-Japanese War [of 1894-5], the Tokyo Tribunal, occupation policy of the GHQ [General Headquarters of the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers], and other issues. The new body will be launched this month, which marks the 60th anniversary of the LDP’s founding, with Secretary General Sadakazu Tanigaki as its chair.

 

 Policy Research Council chief Tomomi Inada stated in June that, “The view of history behind the Tokyo Tribunal verdicts was flawed. This needs to be examined by the Japanese,” thus indicating a plan to set up the panel. However, this move may invite strong reaction not only from China and the ROK, which have a strong interest in history issues, but also from the U.S., a victorious nation in World War II. Therefore, Tanigaki, a moderate, is being named to head the panel, which will be a study group that will not come up with any conclusions.

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