Japan marks 71st war-end anniversary
Aug.15, Tokyo: Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe stayed away from a Tokyo shrine that honors convicted war criminals among the war dead apparently not to spark controversy from neighboring countries as Japan marked the 71st anniversary of the end of World War II.
Abe on Monday sent a pair of religious ornaments to the Yasukuni Shrine, apparently as Tokyo tries to arrange a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G-20 summit in China next month, reports said.
At a state memorial ceremony later Monday, Abe reiterated his pledge not to allow the tragedy of war be repeated, but he neither mentioned Japan's wartime actions in Asia nor apologized to its victims. In his last four speeches to mark the end-of-war anniversary, Abe has not acknowledged Japan's war atrocities or expressed his regrets over them, the Associated Press reproted.
The Oslo Times International News Network