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In a much-anticipated address marking the 70th anniversary of Japan’s WW II surrender, the country’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said: 'Japan has repeatedly expressed feelings of deep remorse and heartfelt apology for its actions during the war.' (photo: dpa)

Two anniversaries and six scenarios: East Asia’s outlook through 2020

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's long-anticipated statement commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II on August 14, 2015 was neither a breakthrough nor a failed attempt to whitewash Japan's history, as some critics have claimed. It should rather be seen as a carefully planned and executed act of diplomacy, seeking the middle ground with neighbouring ...
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