Akihito makes last war-end anniversary speech

By: AP August 15,2018 - 08:27 PM

TOKYO — Japan’s Emperor Akihito expressed “deep remorse” over his country’s role in World War II as he made his last appearance Wednesday at a ceremony marking the end of the hostilities.

The 84-year-old emperor is scheduled to abdicate in April. He will be succeeded by his son, Crown Prince Naruhito.

“Reflecting on our past and bearing in mind the feelings of deep remorse, I earnestly hope that the ravages of war will never be repeated,” Akihito said in his speech marking the 73rd anniversary of the end of the war at Tokyo’s Budokan hall.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe did not mention Japan’s aggression in his anniversary speech, the sixth since taking office in late 2012. All his five predecessors, including Abe himself in his first year in office as prime minister in 2007, had stated clear acknowledgment of Japan’s wartime atrocities and damage inflicted in Asia.

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