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Japan's Abe expresses 'deep remorse' over war

By Agencies

 Japan's Abe expresses 'deep remorse' over war
A group of Japanese lawmakers are led by a Shinto priest as they visit Yasukuni Shrine during the shrine's annual spring festival in Tokyo, April 22, 2015. The shrine honors Japan's war dead, including convicted World War II leaders. (APPhoto / Shizuo Kambayashi)

JAKARTA - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday that Japan, with feelings of deep remorse over the past war, made a pledge to adhere to the Bandung principles, which highlights peace and cooperation.

"We should stand at the forefront among Asian and African countries seeking peace and prosperity under those Bandung principles," Abe said while addressing the Asian-African Summit 2015.

However, the Japanese leader did not say whether he would abide by previous statements issued by former Japanese prime ministers on war atrocities.

 Japan's Abe expresses 'deep remorse' over war
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrives for the opening ceremony of the Asian African Conference in Jakarta on April 22, 2015. (PHOTO / AFP)

Abe, on Tuesday, made a ritual offering again to the Yasukuni Shrine, paying respects to the 2.47 million Japan's war dead, including 14 Class-A war criminals honored at the venue.

Hours before Abe's speech in Jakarta Wednesday morning, a group of Japanese lawmakers from various political parties visited the notorious Yasukuni Shrine for the annual spring festival.

Japan's neighbor countries of China and South Korea, which suffered a lot during the World War Two, have criticized Japan's new provocation moves.

Abe will hold talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of an Asia-Africa summit in Indonesia, a Japanese government official said.

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