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Abe urged to uphold Japan’s apology for wartime aggression

Abe urged to uphold Japan’s apology for wartime aggression

TOKYO — As the 70th anniversary of Japan’s World War II surrender approaches, the prime minister risks tipping East Asia into a new era of bad feeling if he tries to dilute Japan’s officially stated remorse for its wartime aggression, according to the author of Tokyo’s landmark apology.

Shinzo Abe, the conservative prime minister, has a team of academics and journalists working on the statement he will make in August to mark the anniversary, a statement that is expected to stress seven decades of peaceful, liberal democracy.

Abe will test his message Wednesday at the Asia-Africa summit in Indonesia, and then, more momentously, when he addresses Congress during a visit to Washington next week.

But the prime minister, who is widely considered to have revisionist tendencies, has been far from clear in indicating how he will treat the Murayama statement, the 1995 document that expressed remorse for the “tremendous damage” that Japan caused its neighbors “through its colonial rule and aggression” and that is considered Japan’s definitive apology.

Read More:Abe urged to uphold Japan’s apology for wartime aggression – The Washington Post.

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