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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.

Aug 7, 2015

Japan’s Abe may express ‘repentance’ in World War II anniversary remarks – adviser

TOKYO (Reuters) – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, echoing remarks made before U.S. Congress, may express “repentance” for Japan’s role in World War Two when he issues a statement marking the 70th anniversary of the end of the conflict, an adviser to the Japanese leader said.

Abe’s remarks, expected to be issued one day before the Aug. 15 anniversary, are being closely watched by China and South Korea, where bitter memories of Japan’s wartime occupation and colonisation run deep, and by Tokyo’s close ally Washington.

Aug 7, 2015

Japan’s Abe may express “repentance” in WW2 anniversary remarks – adviser

TOKYO (Reuters) – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, echoing remarks made before U.S. Congress, may express “repentance” for Japan’s role in World War Two when he issues a statement marking the 70th anniversary of the end of the conflict, an adviser to the Japanese leader said.

Abe’s remarks, expected to be issued one day before the Aug. 15 anniversary, are being closely watched by China and South Korea, where bitter memories of Japan’s wartime occupation and colonisation run deep, and by Tokyo’s close ally Washington.

Aug 6, 2015

Japan hurt Asia with ‘reckless war’, PM’s advisers say

TOKYO (Reuters) – Advisers to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed in a report issued on Thursday that Japan caused much damage in Asia through a “reckless war” but quibbled over the term “aggression” to describe its actions.

Their report, meant to serve as reference for Abe’s statement marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two, covered over 100 years of history in 38 pages.

Aug 4, 2015

Japan A-bomb survivors speak out against nuclear power, decry Abe’s view of war

FUKUSHIMA CITY, Japan, Aug 4 (Reuters) – When Atsushi
Hoshino set out to revive a group representing atomic bomb
survivors in the rural northeast Japanese prefecture of
Fukushima 30 years ago, one topic was taboo – criticising the
nuclear power industry upon which many relied for jobs.

That changed dramatically after March 11, 2011, when a
massive tsunami devastated the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant,
triggering meltdowns, spewing radiation and forcing tens of
thousands of residents to flee their homes.

Jul 29, 2015

Japan shouldn’t cave to foreign pressure on PM war anniversary remarks: aide

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan should not let foreign countries make diplomatic capital out of its wartime past, an aide to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday, as the author of a landmark 1995 apology urged Abe not to backtrack as it marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two.

The conservative Abe has said he upholds past statements including then-premier Tomiichi Murayama’s “heartfelt apology” for the suffering caused by Japanese military aggression during the war.

Jul 23, 2015

Cartoon capers: Japan PM uses offbeat PR blitz to rescue ratings

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is using ‘anime’ cartoons, Internet chats and even an unusual show-and-tell TV appearance, complete with a mockup of burning buildings, in an effort to persuade wary voters that his bolder defense policy makes sense.

So far, it isn’t working.

Abe’s popularity rating, once as high as 60 percent, has slumped as he makes changes to Japan’s post-war security stance, such as legislation enabling its armed forces to defend a friendly nation under attack. His disapproval rating topped 50 percent after the bills passed the lower house last week.

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