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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

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 ...

Japan marks 70 years since its World War II surrender

Aug 15, 2015

Japan marks 70 years since its World War II surrender

Japan marked the 70th anniversary of its surrender in World War II on Saturday, with the Imperial Couple, prime minister and about 5,000 relatives of the war dead set to attend a ceremony later in the day to mourn the fallen. This year’s commemoration ...

Aug 14, 2015

Japan's past apologies over WWII, colonial history, 'comfort women'

Following are some key excerpts from Japanese leaders’ previous statements on the country’s militaristic past. Tomiichi Murayama on the 50th anniversary, 1995 “During a certain period in the not too distant past, Japan, following a mistaken national policy, advanced along the road to war, ...