On August 15, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will publish a short statement to commemorate the seventieth anniversary of the end of World War II. This follows similar practices of his predecessors. Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama started by delivering a short statement on the fiftieth anniversary in 1995. Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi followed in 2005 with the statement on the sixtieth anniversary.
Eight scholars at Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC) and Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) wrote their own version of the statement -- what speech they would deliver if they were the Prime Miniser of Japan. This book is a compilation of those statements.
Japanese version is also available here.