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Japan PM Abe says horrors of war must never be repeated

Published on Jul 11, 2014 5:10 PM
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (right) and Papua New Guinean Prime Minister Peter O'Neill (left) pose for a photograph with Papua New Guineans wearing traditional costumes, after they announced a joint statement in Port Moresby, in this photo taken by Kyodo on July 10, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

PORT MORESBY (AFP) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Friday said the horrors of war must never be repeated as he visited a World War II battlefield in Pacific nation Papua New Guinea.

As many as 200,000 Japanese soldiers died during the brutal New Guinea campaign and Abe headed to the northern town of Wewak to honour all those who perished, where he was greeted by thousands of well-wishers.

He was also due to visit Cape Wom, the site of the Japanese Army's surrender in PNG on the final day of a Pacific swing that also took him to New Zealand and Australia.

"We must not repeat the horrors of the war," he said after laying flowers at a memorial, the Kyodo News agency reported.

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