Osaka International Peace Center 距離: 0.1 mi詳しくは 中央区大阪城2-1 Osaka, Osaka 540-0002
The Osaka International Peace Center, also known as Peace Osaka, is a museum established in August 1991 based in the city of Osaka, Japan. It focuses on the destruction of the city during World War II and the broader themes of the tragedy of war and the importance of peace. It is funded by Osaka city and Osaka Prefecture.In 2015, after pressures by members of the Japan Innovation Party, exhibits were changed; the section on U.S. air raids in Osaka Prefecture between December 1944 and August 1945 was expanded and items related to Japan's actions in Asia were removed. The spirit of the museum was radically altered and transformed: it became a conservative museum.Founding and early historyThe museum was established in 1991 and was rare in Japan for showing the atrocities committed by Japan as well as the tragedies suffered by Japanese people. In 2000 it hosted a symposium by the Osaka-based historical revisionist group "Society to Correct the Biased Display of War-Related Materials" with Shūdō Higashinakano of Asia University as the keynote speaker. A Chinese government spokesperson stated that hosting the event would hurt the Osaka bid for the 2008 Summer Olympics. Osaka later became the first city to be eliminated from the bidding process, with the games later being awarded to Beijing.Political pressure to censorSince opening, the museums exhibits were described as "masochistic" by conservative groups. In September 2013 the museum unveiled a plan to put more emphasis on the Bombing of Osaka during World War II. There was a possibility that exhibits dealing with Japanese war crimes may be reduced. When it became clear that the plans were to "drastically" reduce the material on Japan's aggression, the Japan Times printed an editorial calling on the museum to reconsider and stated that "The plan by the center — which is dedicated to studies of the war and efforts to foster peace — contradicts its purported independence."