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China critical of Japan PM's "sincerity" in WW2 statement

Friday, August 14, 2015 - 01:19

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his ''utmost grief'' while marking the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII, but made no fresh apology to the countries, like China and South Korea, which sufffered under Japan's colonial rule. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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On the streets of Beijing, the wounds of World War Two are largely healed, but on the 70th anniversary of Japan's surrender, a new generation is talking about the war and Japan's history of aggression in China. For them, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's widely reported expression of remorse for damage inflicted by Japan, did not go nearly far enough. Although Abe expressed what he called "utmost grief" over Japan's actions... he did not apologize. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER, SHINZO ABE, SAYING: "Upon the innocent people did our country inflict immeasurable damage and suffering. History is harsh. What is done cannot be undone." Abe said future generations should not have to keep apologizing for mistakes of the past. And THAT has irked many Chinese. (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) 26-YEAR-OLD LI YANCHAO SAYING: "I think he (Abe) was not very sincere. I think he should specifically make apologies to us to show his sincerity." And China's Foreign Ministry agrees. It issued a statement saying Abe should make a clear explanation and sincere apology to the people who suffered. But Abe has already spoken... indicating that in his view, Japan has already apologized enough.

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China critical of Japan PM's "sincerity" in WW2 statement

Friday, August 14, 2015 - 01:19