Japan PM says future generations should not be blamed for atrocities

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gestures at his official residence on August 14, 2015 as he answers questions following his war anniversary statement that neighbouring nations will scrutinise for signs of sufficient remorse over Tokyo’s past militarism. PHOTO | AFP

What you need to know:

  • In a closely watched speech a day ahead of the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII, the nationalist premier appeared to tread a fine line between regret over Japanese wartime aggression while also focusing on what his pacifist country had done since the end of the conflict.
  • Referring to those who perished in the war, Mr Abe expressed “profound grief and my eternal, sincere condolences”. He said this was also for millions of Japanese who died, some from the US atomic bombings.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed deep remorse over World War II and said previous national apologies were unshakeable, but emphasised future generations should not have to keep saying sorry.

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