promoting Japan as a postwar peace-builder as he tests the waters for a
statement marking the 70th anniversary of its World War II defeat that
risks irritating China and South Korea.
path” of peace since the war, Abe said in Cairo on Jan. 17 in his first
overseas speech of a year set to be overshadowed by history. In India,
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida talked of Japan’s plans to contribute to
opportunity for the Japanese government to send a unified message about
what kind of country Japan aspires to be, which will surely be reflected
in the statement Abe will issue this August,” said Yuki Tatsumi, senior
associate of the East Asia program at the Stimson Center in Washington.