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Abe’s 70th-Anniversary Statement and Korea: Overwriting Murayama Statement and Exclusion of Korea

  • Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Abbr : JAPS
  • 2019, 26(1), pp.41-71
  • DOI : 10.18107/japs.2019.26.1.002
  • Publisher : Institute of Global Affairs
  • Research Area : Social Science > Social Science in general
  • Received : February 10, 2019
  • Accepted : March 14, 2019
  • Published : March 30, 2019

YOON SUK JUNG 1

1국민대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is to analyze the inherent logic of Abe’s 70th-Anniversary Statement from the perspective of overwriting Murayama Statement. Considering the advisory panel and Komeito, Abe expressed remorse and apology by accepting the key words of Murayama Statemnent. And he emphasized that previous Japanese position such as Murayama Statement would remain unshakable into the future. At the same time, he excluded colonial rules in 1910’s from objects of remorse and apology by stating Japan ended up becoming a challenger to the international order in 1930’s. And he exhorted Japanese, remembering tolerance of international community, to hoist the flag of ‘Proactive Contribution to Peace’. In other words, Abe did not regard apology as Post-war Japan’s responsibility. In this way, 70th-Anniversary Statement nullify essence of Murayama Statement. In related to Korea-Japan relations, 70th-Anniversary Statement did not mention directly Korean issue such as colonial rule and apology. As above analysis suggested, the exclusion of Korea brought in process of overwriting Murayama Statement.

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