FIIA Comment

FIIA Comment 14 (2015)   

Apologies and appeasement:
Japan treads a fine line in its official Word War II statement

Published 24.8.2015

Bart Gaens
The Finnish Institute of International Affairs

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe delivered a highly-anticipated statement on the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. The statement reveals Abe to be a pragmatist, seeking domestic political support and US espousal, as well as avoiding rocking diplomatic relations with China and South Korea.