BBC It signalled Japan's capitulation and the end not only of the war in the Pacific, but also of Japan's colonial rule of the Korean peninsula, its influence in South East Asia and its attempt to dominate China and the Asian mainland. by Dr John Swenson-Wright via Chatham House
'With Japan's conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abe planning to issue
an official statement reflecting on the past, this year is a
particularly sensitive anniversary.
'Progressive critics, inside
and outside Japan, worry that Mr Abe's statement may downplay past
apologies in favour of a "revisionist" historical interpretation that
will antagonise Japan's neighbours, most notably China and South Korea.
'Mr Abe will need to be agile in pursuing a pragmatic foreign policy
agenda while maintaining the support of his more conservative allies at