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The Abe Statement

The Abe Statement

On August 15, 2015, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will make a statement on the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. What, precisely, he will say, and how it will be received by Japan’s neighbors, is the subject of intense speculation. In the lead-up to Abe’s speech, The Diplomat presents a series of articles looking at the background for the speech, as well as the complexity of the historical issues at play in Northeast Asia.

How to Read the Abe Statement
August 20, 2015
How to Read the Abe Statement
How to evaluate Abe's August 15 statement on the 70th anniversary of Japan's defeat in World War II.
How to Read the Abe Statement
Colonialism, Invasion, and Atomic Bombs: Asia’s Divergent Histories
August 12, 2015
Colonialism, Invasion, and Atomic Bombs: Asia’s Divergent Histories
When will Asians be able to celebrate shared memories of war and colonialism?
Colonialism, Invasion, and Atomic Bombs: Asia’s Divergent Histories
The Politics of History in China-Japan Relations
August 10, 2015
The Politics of History in China-Japan Relations
China and Japan must remember the past, but not live forever in its shadow.
The Politics of History in China-Japan Relations
Abe’s 70th Anniversary Statement: What Should We Expect?
August 04, 2015
Abe’s 70th Anniversary Statement: What Should We Expect?
The content of Abe's statement will depend on what sort of audience he has in mind.
Abe’s 70th Anniversary Statement: What Should We Expect?
Abe's World War 2 Statement: Beyond History
July 16, 2015
Abe's World War 2 Statement: Beyond History
The factors shaping the Abe Statement are far more complex than historical issues alone.
Abe's World War 2 Statement: Beyond History
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