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August 15 is the anniversary of Japan’s surrender in World War II. At the memorial ceremony, Emperor Naruhito expressed his “deep regret” for Japan’s aggressive behavior, promising to reflect on the war and hope that the tragedy will never repeat itself.

In a speech largely focused on the country, Abe said that the peace Japan enjoys today rests on the sacrifices of those who died in the war. He promised that Japan would reflect on the lessons of history and not repeat the damage left by the war. He mentioned the damage to Japan and its people, including the US atomic bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima, the immense bombing of Tokyo, and the vicious war of Okinawa.

Abe is committed to playing a bigger role in solving global problems. As part of his goal of making Japan a normal and attractive nation, Abe has consistently pushed to cleanse Japan of its embarrassing wartime history and strengthen its military by stretching the Japanese constitution’s interpretation to renounce at war. 

Abe did not go to the Tokyo shrine that honors convicted war criminals among the war dead. However, he sent a religious dedication, an attempt meant to avoid China and South Korea’s anger, who view the Yasukuni Shrine as a symbol of Japanese militarism.

“Reflecting on our past and bearing in mind our deep regret. I sincerely hope that the war will never happen again.” Naruto said in a short speech marking the 75th anniversary of Japan’s surrender on August 15, 1945.

In his speech, Abe said that Japan’s Today’s peace was bought by those who “sacrificed” in the war. 

Bamba said, “There are many people who do not know anything about the war. It is not only the suffering of the Japanese people but also the things that the Japanese people have done, which is a bad thing.” The war won’t end unless we teach those things to our future generations. 

“Recalling those days, I strongly feel that we should never start a war.” The 93-year-old Hase Shoji came from Hokkaido, Japan, to honor his brother, who died in World War II.

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