Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) responded last Saturday to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's statement last Friday to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. Here is the MFA statement:
"Singapore notes Prime Minister Abe's statement on the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. The statement expresses profound grief and sincere condolences for those who perished during the war. It noted that Japan had repeatedly expressed the feelings of deep remorse and heartfelt apology for its actions during the war. It stated that such position articulated by previous Japanese Cabinets will remain unshakeable. Prime Minister Abe also said that Japan should squarely face the past, take the lessons of history deeply and make all efforts for peace and prosperity.
"On 15 August 2015, His Majesty Emperor Akihito also expressed the need for Japan to reflect on 'our past and bearing in mind the feelings of deep remorse over the last war'.
"Singapore has not forgotten the horrors and suffering of World War II. Singapore's position is that Japan should accept clear responsibility for the war. At the same time, it is equally important for all countries to build upon the statements of His Majesty Emperor Akihito, Prime Minister Abe and previous Japanese Cabinets to seek further reconciliation and move forward. This will benefit our region and the world."