Japan's Abe could ease doubts by apologizing over World War Two: ex-PM Fukuda

January 19, 2015 10:45 AM

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Japan's Abe could ease doubts by apologizing over World War Two: ex-PM Fukuda

TOKYO (Reuters) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe could help remove international doubts about Japan's stance toward its wartime past by apologizing over World War Two in a statement he plans to mark the 70th anniversary of the war's end, said former premier Yasuo Fukuda.

The statement by Abe, whose conservative agenda includes adopting a less apologetic tone toward the wartime past and bolstering Japan's defenses, will be closely parsed in China and South Korea, where memories of Japan's past militarism run deep.

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