Abe fails to mention 'reflection' for fifth straight year on WWII surrender anniversary
The Japanese government held an annual ceremony Tuesday in Tokyo to "honor the war dead" from World War II and to "pray for peace," while Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe once again failed to mention "reflection" upon Japan's war responsibilities.
Japanese Emperor Akihito stated his "deep remorse" over the past war for the third time at the national memorial service, and expressed his wish for world peace.
However, Abe shied away from mentioning Japan's wartime atrocities or the suffering that Japan inflicted upon some nations, including China and South Korea, before and during World War II. He also failed to mention the pledge not to engage in war again.
This is the fifth consecutive year for Abe to fail to mention "reflection" at the annual memorial service since he retook office as prime minister in 2012.