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Aug 27, 2015

Japan student group injects new exuberance into anti-war protests

TOKYO (Reuters) – Wearing shorts and a baggy T-shirt and clutching a microphone, Aki Okuda stands before a crowd, the pyramid-shaped roof of Japan’s parliament lit up against the night sky behind him.

“No War”, “Protect the Constitution”, “Abe – Quit!”, he chants in a hip-hop rhythm, echoed by the crowd.

Aug 20, 2015

Economy would be key topic at any Japan-China summit: Japan government source

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan needs details of China’s plans for Sept 3. events to mark the anniversary of World War Two before it decides if Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Beijing then for a summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping, a Japanese government source said.

China will hold a military parade to top off events marking the Sept. 3 anniversary, which its state media call the “Victory of the Chinese people’s war against Japanese aggression”.

Aug 15, 2015

Japan emperor expresses “deep remorse” on WW2 anniversary

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Emperor Akihito marked the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two with an expression of “deep remorse” over the conflict on Saturday, a departure from his annual script which could be seen as a subtle rebuke of conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Abe on Friday expressed “utmost grief”, but said future generations should not have to keep apologising for the mistakes of the past. He offered no fresh apology of his own.

Aug 15, 2015

Japan emperor expresses ‘deep remorse’ on WW2 anniversary

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Emperor Akihito marked the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two with an expression of “deep remorse” over the conflict on Saturday, a departure from his annual script which could be seen as a subtle rebuke of conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Abe on Friday expressed “utmost grief”, but said future generations should not have to keep apologising for the mistakes of the past. He offered no fresh apology of his own.

Aug 15, 2015

Japan emperor expresses ‘deep remorse’ on WW2 anniversary

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Emperor Akihito marked the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two with an expression of “deep remorse” over the conflict on Saturday, a departure from his annual script which could be seen as a subtle rebuke of conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Abe on Friday expressed “utmost grief”, but said future generations should not have to keep apologizing for the mistakes of the past. He offered no fresh apology of his own.

Aug 15, 2015

Japan PM expresses ‘utmost grief’ over WW2 but no fresh apology

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed the “utmost grief” on Friday for the “immeasurable damage and suffering” Japan inflicted during World War Two, but said future generations should not have to keep apologizing for the mistakes of the past.

Marking the 70th anniversary of the end of the war, Abe also said he upheld past official apologies, including a landmark 1995 statement by then-premier Tomiichi Murayama, but the conservative leader offered no new apology of his own.

Aug 14, 2015

Japan’s Abe set to issue World War II anniversary remarks amid conflicting pressures

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was poised on Friday to issue a statement marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two, remarks that will be closely analysed abroad to see whether he dilutes past apologies over the conflict.

The legacy of the war still haunts relations with China and South Korea, which suffered under Japan’s sometimes brutal occupation and colonial rule before Tokyo’s defeat in 1945.

Aug 14, 2015

Japan’s Abe set to issue WW2 anniversary remarks amid conflicting pressures

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was poised on Friday to issue a statement marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two, remarks that will be closely analyzed abroad to see whether he dilutes past apologies over the conflict.

The legacy of the war still haunts relations with China and South Korea, which suffered under Japan’s sometimes brutal occupation and colonial rule before Tokyo’s defeat in 1945.

Aug 12, 2015

Ghosts of WW2 haunt East Asia as Abe readies anniversary statement

TOKYO (Reuters) – Seventy years after Japan’s defeat in World War Two, the conflict’s legacy haunts East Asia and reconciliation remains elusive.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may hope to lay the ghosts to rest with a statement on Friday marking the 70th anniversary of the war’s end, but risks inflaming tension instead.

Aug 10, 2015

Japan’s Abe to refer to ‘apology’ in WW2 anniversary remarks: NHK

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will include the words “apology” and “aggression” in his statement marking the 70th anniversary of World War Two’s end, NHK public TV said, an apparent nod to critics who fear he will dilute past apologies.

An initial draft did not include the word “apology”, some media reports had said, which would likely anger China and South Korea where bitter memories of Japan’s sometimes brutal past occupation and colonialization run deep.

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