Abe Expresses ‘Deepest Remorse’ on WWII Anniversary
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers a war anniversary statement that neighboring nations will scrutinize for signs of sufficient remorse over Tokyo's past militarism at his official residence in Tokyo, August 14, 2015.
VOA News,August 15, 2015
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed feelings of “profound grief” and “sincere condolences’ to those who suffered and died from Japan’s past military aggression while making his highly anticipated public statement on the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
"Upon the innocent people did our country inflict immeasurable damage and suffering," Abe said.
It is not likely that the prime minister’s statement will satisfy Japan’s regional neighbors, especially south Korea and China who have repeatedly called upon Abe to directly and explicitly address the atrocities committed by the Japanese military during its colonization of much of Asia.