Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe marked the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II with a keenly-anticipated statement.
However, it fell short.
Japan’s neighbors were watching closely to see if the prime minister would offer his own apology for Japan’s past wartime atrocities.
In his statement, Abe mentioned the apologies of previous governments but stopped short of offering his own.
This has aroused plenty of disappoint in Asia and around the world, including among some Japanese.