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“Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday released a…



Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday released a statement marking 70 years since the end of World War II.The statement had been watched closely by neighboring countries on whether it would include an apology for Japan’s wartime acts as expressed by its past leaders. Former Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama, who issued a groundbreaking statement in 1995, had also called on Mr. Abe to sincerely apologize for the country’s wartime aggression.”

The Wall Street Journal has published the English translation of the full text of the statement here: “Full Text: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s World War II Statement” WSJ (14 Aug 2015)

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“Using the carefully chosen words that govern reckonings with…



“Using the carefully chosen words that govern reckonings with Japan’s militarist past, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reiterated his country’s official remorse for the catastrophe of World War II on Friday, the eve of the 70th anniversary of the war’s end.In a nationally televised address, Mr. Abe described feelings of ‘profound grief’ and offered ‘eternal, sincere condolences’ for the dead. He said Japan had inflicted ‘immeasurable damage and suffering’ when it ‘took the wrong course and advanced along the road to war.’

But in a potentially contentious break with previous expressions of contrition by Japanese leaders, he did not offer a new apology of his own.”

For more, see Jonathan Soble, “Shinzo Abe Echoes Japan’s Past World War II Apologies but Adds None,” The New York Times (14 Aug 2015)

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David Gonzalez, “Forgotten Woman Victims of World War II,” NYT (27 March 2013). Photo collection at the NYT’s Lens Blog by photographer Ahn Sehong. 

Complete Transcript: Thomas Donilon at Asia Society New York

National Security Advisor to President Obama discusses U.S. policy in the Asia-Pacific region in 2013

section from Map of Seoul, Korea.
ca. 1883-87

From the collection of George C. Foulk.
Repository: American Geographical Society Library, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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