Abe's statement likely to recognise 'aggression' during WWII

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The government is likely to recognise that Japan's acts during World War II constituted "aggression" in its statement to be approved Friday, the day before the 70th anniversary of the end of the war, The Yomiuri Shimbun learned Monday.

The statement will also feature the word "remorse" while expressing gratitude for the understanding of many countries over Japan's postwar trajectory, according to sources involved in drafting the statement.

As for the word "apology", the statement will use expressions that can be perceived by neighbours that Japan apologises, the sources said.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is finalizing the wording of his statement by consulting with the ruling coalition, the sources added.