posted on Aug, 15 2005 @ 07:36 PM
Japanese PM, Junichiro Koizumi, has expressed "deep remorse" for the aggression shown by his country to its neighbours during the War. He added, in
a written statement that Japan "caused great damages and pain to people in many countries, especially our Asian neighbours, through colonisation and
invasion. We will not forget the terrible lessons of the war, and will contribute to world peace and prosperity," Mr.Koizumi met with Emperor Akihito
and Empress Michiko for a televised service in which Emperor Akihito (son of Emperor Hirohito) said "In view of history, I sincerely wish that the
ravages of war will never be repeated,"
Countries around Asia are honouring their dead and calling for peace, as they mark the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II in the Pacific.
In Japan, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said his nation felt "deep remorse" for the aggression shown towards its neighbours during the war.
Commemorative services are also taking place in other Asian nations.
But across the region, many still feel that Japan has yet to fully face up to, and atone for, its wartime actions.
The war in the Pacific, which finally ended on 15 August 1945, killed millions of people from the jungles of Burma and the beaches of Singapore and
the Philippines, to the cities of China and Japan and the seas of the Pacific.
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This 60th year point will most likely be the last major milestone most WW2 veterans will experience. But the sacrifice that an entire generation of
men and women gave to secure our freedoms and way of life will never be forgotten. The manner in which these men and women conducted themselves is an
inspiration to me and countless millions of others. Their modesty probably wouldnt welcome the title "Mankind's Greatest Generation" but its
something I would readily apply. We owe them so much, lest we forget
[edit on 15/8/05 by subz]
[edit on 16-8-2005 by John bull 1]