Japan PM expresses 'utmost grief' over war but no fresh apology

August 14, 2015 9:42 AM

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TOKYO Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday expressed "utmost grief" for the suffering Japan inflicted in World War Two, but said that future generations of Japanese should not have to keep apologizing for the mistakes of the past.

Abe, marking the 70th anniversary of World War Two's end, also said he upheld past government apologies over the war including the landmark 1995 statement by then-premier Tomiichi Murayama, but offered no new apology of his own.

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