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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addresses a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, April 29, 2015Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addresses a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington  Photo: Reuters

Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, expresses “deep repentance” over Japan’s role in Second World War in first address by Japanese prime minister to US Congress

By Raf Sanchez, Washington

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Shinzo Abe, the Japanese prime minister, today offered “deep repentance” for America’s casualties during the Second World War, but stopped short of apologising for wartime atrocities committed by Japanese troops.

In the first speech by a Japanese leader to a joint session of the US Congress, Mr Abe said he felt “sorrow” for the 100,000 Americans killed during Pacific conflict that began at Pearl Harbour.

“History is harsh. What is done cannot be undone,” Mr Abe told members of Congress as he described a visit to a war memorial in Washington.

“With deep repentance in my…

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