More than 450 Scholars of Japan Support Worldwide Open Letter on War and Historical Memory

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On May 5, 2015 the online humanities and social sciences portal, H-Asia/H-Net, published a statement issued by 187 Japanese studies scholars that calls on Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo to “act boldly” on significant historical memory issues raised during his historic speech before a joint session of the U.S. Congress on April 29 — a first for a Japanese prime minister.

In response to overwhelmingly positive support for the "Open Letter" and requests to sign on by Japan Studies scholars worldwide, we opened a new list for signatures, which we now publish in addition to the original 187 signers.

The Letter with the original signatures is available on H-Asia and at

A Fact Sheet on the controversy over Japanese Military “Comfort Women” is available at