Sun. Jan 23rd, 2022

TOKYO (AP)– Japan marked the 76th anniversary of its World War II surrender on Sunday with a mournful event in which Prime Minister Yosihide Suga vowed for the tragedy of war to never be duplicated but avoided excusing his countrys aggression.Suga said Japan always remembers that the peace the nation takes pleasure in today is developed on the sacrifices of those who passed away in the war.” We will dedicate to our promise to never ever repeat the disaster of the war,” he stated in his first speech at the event considering that becoming prime minister.Suga did not use an apology to the Asian victims of Japanese hostility throughout the area in the very first half of the 20th century– a precedent set by the nations previous leader, Shinzo Abe, who was regularly accused of trying to whitewash Japans harsh past.In a largely domestic-focused speech, Suga noted damage inflicted on Japan and its individuals, consisting of the U.S. atomic attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the firebombing of Tokyo and other cities and the fierce battle of Okinawa, and mourned for them.Emperor Naruhito, in contrast, revealed “deep regret” over his countrys wartime actions in a thoroughly nuanced speech that followed the footsteps of his dad, who committed his 30-year profession to apologizing for a war fought in the name of Hirohito, the current emperors grandpa. Naruhito also stated he hoped that individuals can put their hearts together to get rid of the difficulty of the pandemic while looking for happiness and peace for all. In the middle of Tokyos rising coronavirus infections, about 200 participants, lowered from about 6,000 prior to the pandemic, mourned for the dead with a minute of silence. Masks were needed, and there was no singing of the national anthem.Suga promised to comply with the international community in taking on worldwide issues under “proactive pacifism,” a vision that Abe promoted to allow Japan to play a higher military role in international conflicts. Beginning 2013, Abe stopped acknowledging Japans wartime hostilities or apologize in his Aug. 15 speeches, ditching an almost 20-year custom that started with the 1995 apology of Socialist leader Tomiichi Murayama.On Sunday, prior to attending the event at Tokyos Budokan hall, Suga laid flowers at a neighboring national cemetery for unknown soldiers. While Suga remained away from questionable Yasukuni shrine, he did send a spiritual offering to the shrine, Japanese media reported.Victims of Japanese actions during the first half of the 20th century, particularly the Koreas and China, see the shrine as a sign of Japanese militarism since it honors founded guilty war criminals among about 2.5 million war dead. Abe, who stepped down as prime minister in 2015, prayed at the shrine Sunday, and so did 3 other members of Sugas Cabinet. Two other ministers went to the shrine Friday. The check outs sparked criticism from China and South Korea.On Sunday, South Koreas Foreign Ministry in a statement prompted Japanese officials to show “genuine remorse through action” so that the countries could establish “future-oriented ties.” Chinas Ministry of Foreign Affairs likewise stated they had lodged “stern representations” with the Japanese side in Tokyo and in Beijing over the visits to the Yasukuni shrine, noting Sugas religious offering. Spokesperson Hua Chunying gotten in touch with Japan to take actions that would “win the trust” of its next-door neighbors. ___ Associated Press author Kim Tong-hyung in Seoul, South Korea, and Huizhong Wu in Taipei, Taiwan, contributed to this report. ___ Follow Mari Yamaguchi on Twitter at Kim Tong-hyung at


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