Reflections on the Seventieth Anniversary of the End of the Pacific War: Eight Stanford Scholars Write Their Own August Statement

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.