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Date : July 24, 2015

Video Report (Press Briefing): Looking at Japan-China Relations 70 Years after WWII

post date : 2015.07.28

Some have said 2015 will be a challenging year for Japan-China relations. Dialogues between the two countries seem to be going forward as the first summit meeting between Prime Minister Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping took place at the Asian African Conference in Jakarta in April, and for the first time in 3 years talks between both ministers of finance were restarted in June. However, Prime Minister Abe’s expected statement on the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII in August and Beijing’s WWII ceremony in September are also drawing a lot of attention.


The FPCJ invited Dr. Shin Kawashima, a professor of international relations at the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Arts and Sciences specialized in the history of Chinese diplomacy, to share his views on the current situation and future prospects of Japan-China relations, considering developments in the post-WWII era. Professor Kawashima also served as a member of the advisory committee for the Prime Minister’s statement 70 years after the end of WWII.


The briefing had a total of 31 participants, including 15 journalists from the U.S.A., China, South Korea, Russia, etc., and 13 embassy representatives.



[Material distributed at the press briefing]

Looking at Japan-China Relations 70 Years after WWII (provisional translation by FPCJ)



Dr. Shin Kawashima, Professor, Department of International Relations, Graduate School of Arts and Science, The University of Tokyo

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