Japan’s leader stops short of WWII apology

August 14, 2015 1:17 PM

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Japan’s leader stops short of WWII apology

TOKYO — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe offered his remorse for all those who died as a result Japan’s World War II actions on Friday — the eve of the 70th anniversary of his country’s surrender — but avoided explicitly repeating the apologies of his predecessors.

In a carefully phrased statement Abe read to reporters and was broadcast live on television, the prime minister talked about Japan's past repentance for its actions but determinedly tried to look to the "peace and prosperity" of Japan's future.

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