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Japan's emperor makes last war-end anniversary speech

Worshippers release doves, wishing for the world's peace, at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018.  Japan marked Wednesday the 73rd ...
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe carries a bouquet of flowers at the Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery for unidentified remains of the nation's war d...
Japanese lawmakers visit the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo to offer prayers to the war dead, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. Japan marked the 73rd anniversary of...
Bereaved family members arrive for a national memorial ceremony for the war dead at Nippon Budokan martial arts hall Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in Toky...
Bereaved family members from Hiroshima Prefecture arrive for a national memorial ceremony for the war dead at Nippon Budokan martial arts hall Wednesd...
Bereaved family members arrive for a national memorial ceremony for the war dead at Nippon Budokan martial arts hall Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in Toky...
102-year-old Harumi Serigano who lost her husband during the WWII in Okinawa with other bereaved family members arrive for a national memorial ceremon...

Worshippers release doves, wishing for the world's peace, at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. Japan marked Wednesday the 73rd ...

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe carries a bouquet of flowers at the Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery for unidentified remains of the nation's war d...

Japanese lawmakers visit the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo to offer prayers to the war dead, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. Japan marked the 73rd anniversary of...

Bereaved family members arrive for a national memorial ceremony for the war dead at Nippon Budokan martial arts hall Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in Toky...

Bereaved family members from Hiroshima Prefecture arrive for a national memorial ceremony for the war dead at Nippon Budokan martial arts hall Wednesd...

Bereaved family members arrive for a national memorial ceremony for the war dead at Nippon Budokan martial arts hall Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in Toky...

102-year-old Harumi Serigano who lost her husband during the WWII in Okinawa with other bereaved family members arrive for a national memorial ceremon...

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Emperor Akihito has expressed deep remorse over his country's role in World War II as he made his last appearance at a ceremony marking the end of the hostilities.

The 84-year-old emperor made his final war-end anniversary speech before his abdication scheduled in April. He will be succeeded by his son, Crown Prince Naruhito.

Akihito, attending Wednesday's 73rd anniversary of the end of the war at Tokyo's Budokan hall, expressed "the feelings of deep remorse" over the tragedy. He pledged to reflect on the wartime past and expressed hope that the tragedy should never be repeated.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stayed away from a Tokyo shrine that honors convicted war criminals among the war dead, apparently not to upset neighboring countries.

Abe instead sent religious offerings to the shrine.


Updated : 2021-01-28 11:45 GMT+08:00