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Park says Abe's war-end speech left 'much to be desired'

Aug 15, 2015

Park says Abe's war-end speech left 'much to be desired'

South Korean President Park Geun-hye said Saturday that the Friday speech by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe fell short of Seoul’s expectations. “It is true that the prime minister’s statement . . . left much to be desired,” Park said in a speech marking the ...

Aug 15, 2015

China slams Abe's WWII statement, calls it 'evasive'

China has criticized Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s statement on World War II as “evasive.” “The wars of aggression launched by Japanese militarism inflicted untold sufferings on the people of China and other victim countries in Asia,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a ...

Aug 15, 2015

U.S. welcomes Abe statement; papers critical

The White House welcomed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s statement Friday expressing remorse over the country’s wartime actions, but influential U.S. news outlets criticized Abe for failing to apologize in his own words. “We welcome Prime Minister Abe’s expression of deep remorse for the suffering ...

Aug 15, 2015

Japan backs guidelines for new National Stadium

Japan has approved guidelines for its new Olympic stadium, vowing to build an “athlete’s first” venue as cheaply as possible and complete it by March 2020, a year later than planned, but without including any cost estimates or limits. Japan scrapped its original plan ...

Aug 15, 2015

Emperor Akihito's 70th war-end anniversary speech in full

Following is the full text of Emperor Akihito’s speech delivered at the annual memorial Saturday to mark the end of the war: On this day to commemorate the war dead and pray for peace, my thoughts are with the people who lost their precious ...