chapter  7
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Murayama apology: on the international stage

The fiftieth anniversary of the end of World War II provides the setting for the last apology in our series. On August 15, 1995, Prime Minister Murayama Tomiichi apologized for “aggression” and “colonial rule” in a televised press conference called especially for the purpose of apologizing. Murayama’s apology is perhaps the most successful of all postwar Japanese apologies and the Japanese government considers it even today as the official Japanese apology.1