Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said he will include new expressions in a statement to be released later this year on the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, though he stressed it will generally inherit remarks issued by past prime ministers.
"Rather than decide whether to use the wording we have been using, I want to issue [a statement] from the viewpoint of how the Abe administration considers the matter," Abe said on an NHK programme Sunday.
It is believed Abe meant he would include new expressions in his planned statement instead of using expressions contained in a statement in 1995 by then Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama, such as "deep remorse" and "heartfelt apology" over Japan's colonial rule and wartime aggression.
A statement issued by then Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II inherited expressions used in the Murayama statement including "deep remorse."
"If it [my statement] is modeled on the wordings used in the past, there could be nit-picking arguments over whether the previous wording was not used or new wording was inserted," Abe said.
Abe also said the government will submit security-related legislation that will allow limited exercise of the right of collective self-defence to the Diet after a draft budget for fiscal 2015 is passed by the legislature.