Excerpts from Japan statement on WW II surrender anniversary

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Posted: Aug 14, 2015 6:54 AM

Excerpts from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's statement Friday marking the 70th anniversary of the country's World War II surrender:

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"On the 70th anniversary of the end of the war, we must calmly reflect upon the road to war, the path we have taken since it ended, and the era of the 20th century. We must learn from the lessons of history the wisdom for our future. ...

"I bow my head deeply before the souls of all those who perished both at home and abroad. I express my feelings of profound grief and my eternal, sincere condolences. ...

"Upon the innocent people did our country inflict immeasurable damage and suffering. History is harsh. What is done cannot be undone. Each and every one of them had his or her life, dream, and beloved family. When I squarely contemplate this obvious fact, even now, I find myself speechless and my heart is rent with the utmost grief.

"The peace we enjoy today exists only upon such precious sacrifices. And therein lies the origin of postwar Japan.

"We must never again repeat the devastation of war.

"Incident, aggression, war — we shall never again resort to any form of the threat or use of force as a means of settling international disputes ...

"Japan has repeatedly expressed the feelings of deep remorse and heartfelt apology for its actions during the war. In order to manifest such feelings through concrete actions, we have engraved in our hearts the histories of suffering of the people in Asia as our neighbors ... and we have consistently devoted ourselves to the peace and prosperity of the region since the end of the war.

"Such position articulated by the previous Cabinets will remain unshakable into the future. ...

"In Japan, the postwar generations now exceed 80 percent of its population. We must not let our children, grandchildren, and even further generations to come, who have nothing to do with that war, be predestined to apologize. Still, even so, we Japanese, across generations, must squarely face the history of the past. We have the responsibility to inherit the past, in all humbleness, and pass it on to the future. ...

"We have the great responsibility to take the lessons of history deeply into our hearts, to carve out a better future, and to make all possible efforts for the peace and prosperity of Asia and the world."