Starting from this month, the Japan Institute of International Affairs (president and director general: Yoshiji Nogami, former vice-minister for foreign affairs) will hold symposiums under the theme of “history and reconciliation” in various countries. This will become the first event for JIIA to hold under that theme since its foundation in 1959. Through this event, Japan will convey its positions on territorial disputes, comfort women cases and other issues with its neighbors to the rest of the world based on the findings of objective historical research.
The symposiums will kick off in Washington from Nov. 30, followed by Paris in January and New Delhi in February. Japanese and overseas scholars are expected to participate and share their latest findings and perspectives. (Abridged)