OTTAWA (Kyodo) Emperor Akihito expressed sorrow Monday evening for the damage World War II caused to Japanese-Canadian relations during a speech at a banquet in Ottawa hosted by the governor general of Canada.

“Sadly, the relationship between the two countries was ruined by World War II and my heart goes out to the people who suffered hardships created by the battles,” the Emperor said while expressing his gratitude to people who have dedicated themselves to mending those ties.

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