URGENT ¥¥¥ Japan PM vows new statement on WWII

Japan's hawkish Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told lawmakers Friday he would release a new statement on World War II, a move that could cause friction with neighbouring nations including China.

"I would like to announce a future-orientated statement that will suit the 21st century," Abe said. "On the timing and the content I'd like to think thoroughly hereafter."