Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to deliver a war anniversary statement

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is to deliver a war anniversary statement that neighbouring nations, particularly China and South Korea, will scrutinise for signs of sufficient remorse over the country’s past militarism.

The words that Abe chooses to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two carry symbolic importance and could set future relations with countries that suffered from its brutal march across Asia.

Abe – who has been criticised by some for playing down Japan’s wartime record and trying to expand the role of the military – has not specified what he will say on the eve of the anniversary of Japan’s surrender to the Allies in 1945, but may make amends in an indirect way that attempts to satisfy a domestic conservative base fed up with what it considers as a humiliating cycle of apologies.

The statement is expected early on Friday evening after a cabinet meeting.



Leave a Reply