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Japan has apologized sincerely for its role in World War II, expressing remorse for all victims of the conflict at home and abroad, Japanese Ambassador to the United States Kenichiro Sasae said in a comment piece published Wednesday in the Washington Post.
The commentary was in response to the U.S. daily's editorial Saturday titled "Shinzo Abe's inability to face history." The paper criticized the Abe government's view on Japan's wartime aggression and the prime minister's intent to review the 1995 apology for its colonization of Korea.
"As Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, the government's chief spokesman, explained last week, these feelings fully reflect those of the Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe," Sasae said in the article.
"The government believes that it is always important to face history head-on and with humility," the ambassador said, adding, "As a responsible democratic nation, Japan will continue to contribute to peace and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region together with our neighboring partners."