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Report of the Advisory Panel on the History of the 20th Century and on Japan’s Role and the World Order in the 21st Century


The first session of the Advisory Panel was held on February 25th, 2015 where Prime Minister Abe presented the following five points as the issues for discussion by the Panel.

1. How should we view the history of the world and Japan in the 20th century? What are the lessons we should learn from the experiences of the 20th century?

2. What is the path that Japan has taken in the 70 post-war years in light of the lessons learned from the 20th century? In particular, how should the commitment to peace, economic development and international contributions by post-war Japan be evaluated?

3. How did Japan pursue reconciliation with the United States, Australia, and European countries in the 70 years after the war? How did Japan pursue reconciliation with China, the Republic of Korea and
other Asian countries in the 70 years after the war?

4. What is our vision of Asia and the world of the 21st Century, drawing on the lessons learned from the 20th century? What are the contributions that Japan should make?

5. What are the specific measures that Japan should take on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the end of the World War II?

The Advisory Panel held seven sessions to discuss the issues presented by Prime Minister. This Report by the Panel reflects the discussions in these sessions and is compiled along the points presented by Prime Minister. The Panel hopes that this Report serves as a reference for the statement to be issued on the 70th anniversary of the end of the war.

Global and Domestic Governance
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