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Japan marks 67th anniversary of WWII surrender, as frictions with neighbors mount
Washington Post/Associated Press ^ | 14 August 2012 | Staff

Posted on 08/15/2012 3:28:47 AM PDT by moonshot925

TOKYO — Japan marked the 67th anniversary of its World War II surrender with a somber ceremony in the capital Wednesday, while renewed tension over territorial disputes and animosity over its wartime actions heated up across the region.

Renewing Japan’s pledge to maintain its war-renouncing policy, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda mourned for the war dead and apologized to victims of Japanese wartime atrocities.

“We have caused tremendous damage and pain to many countries, particularly the Asian people, during the war. We deeply regret that and sincerely mourn for those who were sacrificed and their relatives,” Noda said. “We will not repeat the same mistake.”

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; Japan; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: surrender; truman; ww2; wwii
On 14 August 1945, after meeting with Truman about midday, a British official visiting with the Duke of Windsor and John Balfour reported that the president had "remarked sadly that he now had no alternative but to order an atomic bomb dropped on Tokyo" .
1 posted on 08/15/2012 3:29:04 AM PDT by moonshot925
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To: moonshot925
and after 14 years of war, Japan also released all its Chinese POWs. -There were 56."

Flyboys, pg. 301

2 posted on 08/15/2012 3:45:27 AM PDT by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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Yes the Japanese were extremely brutal. Many of the war criminals were not prosecuted and went on to head big businesses after the war. Unit 731’s experiment results were given to the Allies.

3 posted on 08/15/2012 4:27:43 AM PDT by rfreedom4u (I have a copy of the Constitution! And I'm not afraid to use it!)
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To: rfreedom4u

Japanese Prime Minister Kishi from the mid 1950s was one of these.

4 posted on 08/15/2012 5:18:41 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (I didn't post this. Someone else did.)
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