Japan’s emperor appears to part ways with Abe on pacifism debate

August 15, 2015 5:15 AM

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Japan’s emperor appears to part ways with Abe on pacifism debate

TOKYO — Japan’s emperor expressed his “deep remorse” Saturday over his country’s actions during World War II, strengthening his usual statement of regret on the anniversary of the end of a particularly ignominious period in Japanese history.

At noon, 70 years to the minute since his father, Hirohito, surrendered to the allies, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, along with prime minister Shinzo Abe, attended a ceremony in Tokyo to remember the war dead.

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