Abe Statement Mentions Apology only in Past Tense

Write : 2015-08-14 18:49:37 Update : 2015-08-14 22:52:25

Abe Statement Mentions Apology only in Past Tense

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe included apologetic words in his statement marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, saying "Japan has repeatedly expressed the feelings of deep remorse and heartfelt apology for its actions during the war."
In his statement announced after an extraordinary session of the Cabinet Friday evening, Abe said he bows his head deeply before the souls of all those who perished both at home and abroad, adding that he expressed his feelings or profound grief and his eternal, sincere condolences.
But, he drew a line in history, saying the post-war Japanese generations should not be predestined to apology, though they still need to squarely face history for generations to come.
Also in his statement, Abe mentioned colonial rule and aggression, but did not specify them as actions committed by Japan, distancing himself from former Japanese Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayma, who offered a “heartfelt apology” for Japan’s “colonial rule and aggression” in his historic 1995 statement.
Abe, however, vowed in his statement that Japan "shall never again resort to any form of the threat or use of force" as a means of settling international conflicts.
Abe also said in the statement that there were women whose dignity was hurt during the war, only a vague reference to the sexual enslavement of women from many countries including Korea.
The Abe Statement had been highly anticipated as neighboring countries demanded it be a somber occasion for Japan to reflect on history and to encourage all countries in the region to move forward together. 

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