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Politician Urges Japan’s Premier to Stand by World War II Apologies

Politician Urges Japan’s Premier to Stand by World War II Apologies

TOKYO — The Japanese politician who issued a landmark official apology to women forced to work in wartime brothels urged Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday to stand by Japan’s previous apologies for the country’s wartime agression, and not pull Japan too far to the nationalist right.

Yohei Kono, 78, a former deputy prime minister who retired from politics in 2009, said that when Mr. Abe commemorates the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, he should repeat past expressions of remorse over Japan’s wartime aggression and abuses. Mr. Abe’s statement, expected in the summer, will be closely watched by Japan’s neighbors for any sign that he is trying to whitewash his nation’s history.

Read More:Politician Urges Japan’s Premier to Stand by World War II Apologies – NYTimes.com.

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