A tug-of-war in Japan over Prime Minister Abe's World War II anniversary statement

February 26, 2015 10:18 AM

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A tug-of-war in Japan over Prime Minister Abe's World War II anniversary statement

In this Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 photo, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe bites his lips during a meeting with a panel of experts at his official residence in Tokyo. Abe convened the experts to advise him on what to say to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II on Aug. 15. A tug-of-war has emerged between those who want Abe to stick to the apologies made by past prime ministers for Japan's wartime aggression and colonial rule, and those who say such accounts are exaggerated or even fabricated. Abe, known for harboring revisionist views, must strike a balance, as any statement viewed as watering down past apologies would anger China and South Korea and displease the United States too. Behind Abe is government spokesman Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi) (The Associated Press)

TOKYO – Diplomatically speaking, they may be the most important words Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe utters this year.

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