Abe says no 'apology' needed in statement on WWII

Abe says no 'apology' needed in statement on WWII
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday suggested that he is negative about using such words as "aggression" and "apology" in a statement he plans to issue this summer on the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

"There is no need to issue a statement if it is to say the same as the statement issued by Prime Minister [Tomiichi] Murayama 50 years after the war and the one issued by Prime Minister [Junichiro] Koizumi 60 years after the war," Abe said on a BS Fuji TV programme. "Now that I've said I'll inherit the historical perception, there is no need to write [the words] again," he said.

Murayama and Koizumi expressed in their statements "heartfelt apology" over the suffering Japan caused to people of Asian nations through its "colonial rule and aggression."

"The Koizumi statement is modeled on the Murayama statement," Abe said. "However, I'd rather like to transmit reflections on the war, the nation's path as a pacifist nation and a resolve to further contribute to peace from now on."

Referring to his speech at the Asian-African summit, which will begin in Indonesia on Wednesday, Abe said: "I'd like to speak about the feeling when Japan vowed to follow a path as a pacifist nation based on reflections on the war."

Regarding the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, Abe said Japan will discuss whether to participate in the bank without setting a deadline. "It's not good to be pushed to join [the bank] with questions left due to a deadline set," Abe said.

"A company that borrowed money from a loan shark would eventually lose its future," he added. "It [the bank] should never become something like that."

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