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Japan’s emperor expresses deep remorse on war anniversary

Tokyo, Aug. 15 (Jiji Press)–Japanese Emperor Naruhito expressed his deep remorse over World War II again during a memorial ceremony on the 76th anniversary of the country’s surrender in the war on Sunday.


The Emperor said in a speech that bearing in mind the feelings of deep remorse, he earnestly hopes that the ravages of war will never again be repeated.


Referring to the COVID-19 pandemic, Emperor Naruhito said he sincerely hopes that people will work together to overcome this difficult situation and continue to seek happiness of the people and world peace.


Before the speech, participants to the government-sponsored ceremony in Tokyo offered a minute of silence for the war victims.


Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said in speech that Japan will keep its vow that the ravages of war will never be repeated.


Suga followed in the footsteps of his predecessor, Shinzo Abe, who did not refer to Japan’s responsibility for the damage inflicted on people in neighboring countries during the war.


In a speech delivered on behalf of bereaved relatives of the war dead, Hiroshi Kakihara, 85, said people should be aware that the victims were those who lived a normal life. His father died of illness while in battle in China.


There were 185 participants, including 53 relatives of the war dead, as the annual ceremony took place on a limited scale for the second straight year due to the pandemic. The national anthem was not sung but only played as in the previous year’s ceremony.

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