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Japan PM Abe wants to replace landmark war apology: Report

Published on Dec 31, 2012 3:39 PM
 
Japan's new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a photo taken on Dec 29, 2012, as he inspects the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO (REUTERS) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to replace a landmark 1995 apology for suffering caused in Asia during World War Two with an unspecified "forward-looking statement", a newspaper reported on Monday.

Mr Abe, a hawkish conservative who is known to want to recast Japan's position on its wartime militarism in less apologetic tones, led his party to a landslide victory in a Dec 16 election.

He outlined his intention to restate Japan's position in an interview with the conservative Sankei newspaper, but he did not give details.

Any hint that Japan is back-tracking from the 1995 apology, issued by then Prime Minister Tomic Murayama, is likely to outrage neighbours, particularly China and North and South Korea, which endured years of brutal Japanese rule.

 
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