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.




日本首相安倍晋三在二战结束70周年之际发表了讲话。安倍承认日本在战争期间给“无辜的人们造成了无法估量的痛苦和伤害。” 安倍坚持了他的几十年来的一些前任对二战的道歉,包括1995年村山富市在讲话中对日本在二战期间造成的伤害和痛苦所做的道歉。但安倍没有提出个人新的道歉。