‘Sincere condolences': Full text of Shinzo Abe’s statement on World War II

August 14, 2015 10:33 AM

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‘Sincere condolences': Full text of Shinzo Abe’s statement on World War II

On the 70th anniversary of the end of the war, we must calmly reflect upon the road to war, the path we have taken since it ended, and the era of the 20th century. We must learn from the lessons of history the wisdom for our future.

More than one hundred years ago, vast colonies possessed mainly by the Western powers stretched out across the world. With their overwhelming supremacy in technology, waves of colonial rule surged toward Asia in the 19th century. There is no doubt that the resultant sense of crisis drove Japan forwa...

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