Japan marks 76th anniversary of World War II defeat; no Suga apology – News Vibe24

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    TOKYO: Japan marks the 76th anniversary of the surrender of World War II on Sunday with a grim ceremony in which Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga vowed that the tragedy of the war would never be repeated, but refrained from apologizing for the country’s previous aggression. of.
    Suga said Japan will never forget the peace the country enjoys today, built on the sacrifices of those who died in the war.
    “We will pledge our commitment that we will never repeat the tragedy of war,” he said in his first speech at the event since becoming prime minister.
    Suga did not apologize to Asian victims of Japanese aggression in the region in the first half of the 20th century – a priority given to Shinzo Abe’s predecessor, who was often accused of trying to whitewash his country’s brutal past.
    In a largely in-house speech, Suga listed the damage done to Japan and its people, including the U.S. airstrikes in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the shootings in Tokyo and other cities, and the fierce fighting in Okinawa. , and mourned for them.
    Emperor Naruhito, on the other hand, expressed “deep remorse” for his country’s war in a carefully discolored speech followed in the footsteps of his father, who dedicated his 30-year career to repairing a war waged in Hirohito’s name. , the grandfather of the current emperor. Narouchito also said he hopes people can unite their hearts to overcome the difficulty of the pandemic in search of happiness and peace for all.
    Amid rising coronavirus infections in Tokyo, about 200 participants, down from about 6,000 before the pandemic, mourned the dead with a minute’s silence. Masks were required and there was no national anthem song.
    Suga pledged to work with the international community to address global issues under a “precautionary pacification”, a vision promoted by Abe to allow Japan to play a greater military role in international conflicts.
    In early 2013, Abe stopped acknowledging Japan’s hostilities or apologizing in his August 15 speeches, breaking a nearly 20-year-old tradition that began with an apology from socialist leader Tomiichi Murayama in 1995.
    On Sunday, before attending the ceremony at Tokyo’s Budokan Hall, Suga laid flowers at a nearby National Cemetery for Unknown Soldiers. While Suga stayed away from the controversial Yasukuni shrine, he sent a religious offering to the shrine, Japanese media reported.
    Victims of Japanese actions in the first half of the 20th century, especially the Koreans and China, see the sanctuary as a symbol of Japanese militarism because it honors convicted war criminals among the approximately 2.5 million war dead.
    Abe, who resigned as prime minister last year, prayed at the shrine on Sunday, as did three other members of Suga’s cabinet. Two other ministers visited the shrine on Friday.
    The visits drew criticism from China and South Korea.
    On Sunday, South Korea’s foreign ministry said in a statement that it was “deeply disappointed and saddened” by the visits and offerings of Japanese leaders to the shrine, saying it “beautifies Japan’s previous war of aggression” and honored “war criminals”. He urged them to show “sincere repentance through action” so that countries can develop “future-oriented ties”.

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