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Emperor expresses deep remorse over Japan's wartime actions

Japan marked the 74th anniversary of its surrender in World War II on Thursday, with Emperor Naruhito mentioning "deep remorse" over the country's past actions in his first appearance as emperor at an annual ceremony to mourn the war dead.
The 59-year-old, who ascended the throne in May, repeated the expression used by his father, former Emperor Akihito, in recent years. He was born after the end of World War II and, unlike his father, has never experienced war.
In his address, Emperor Naruhito said, "Looking back on the long period of postwar peace, reflecting on our past and bearing in mind the feelings of deep remorse, I earnestly hope that the ravages of war will never be repeated."
The 85-year-old former emperor, who abdicated in late April, used the words "deep remorse" in his message every year since 2015, the 70th anniversary of Japan's surrender.
Emperor expresses deep remorse over Japan's wartime actions
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe walks at a memorial service ceremony marking the the 74th anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War II, while Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako watch in Tokyo on Thursday. Photo: REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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