Horrors of World War II not forgotten: MFA

SINGAPORE - Singapore has "not forgotten the horrors and suffering of World War II,"  the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said on Sunday morning.

In a statement, MFA said that it had noted Prime Minister Abe's recent statement on the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

Mr Abe had expressed profound grief and sincere condolences for those who perished during the War. He also said that Japan should squarely face the past, take the lessons of history deeply and make all efforts for peace and prosperity.

On Saturday, Japan's Emperor Akihito also expressed the need for Japan to reflect on "our past and bearing in mind the feelings of deep remorse over the last war".

"Singapore's position is that Japan should accept clear responsibility for the war," MFA said of the statements made by Japn's leaders.

"At the same time, it is equally important for all countries to build upon the statements of His Majesty Emperor Akihito, Prime Minister Abe and previous Japanese cabinets to seek further reconciliation and move forward. This will benefit our region and the world," it added.

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