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JAKARTA, Indonesia, April 22 - Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi of Japan reiterated an apology today for his country's aggression in World War II ahead of an expected meeting with President Hu Jintao of China in an attempt to defuse a diplomatic row over how Japan interprets its wartime history.
Echoing remarks of previous Japanese prime ministers, Mr. Koizumi expressed "deep remorse" over the pain inflicted on Japan's neighbors in Asia during a speech to a gathering of Asian and African leaders here.
The repetition of the longstanding apology over Japan's war record was significant for its timing: Mr. Koizumi and Mr. Hu are expected to meet Saturday in an effort to calm a dispute that has set off bitter anti-Japanese protests in China.
Originally posted by djohnsto77
If the Japanese already apologized, this should be put in the past. Visiting a veterans' cemetary, even if contains the remains of criminals, shouldn't be a reason to blast them. I'm sure most of the people buried there where just loyal Japanese soldiers who thought they were doing the right thing.