Why Abe’s WWII statement draws disappointment from Asian neighbors?

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe issued his statement Friday to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

He mentioned previous governments’ apology for Japan’s wartime past, but refrained from offering his own apology. He also said that it is unnecessary for Japan’s future generations to keep apologizing for its atrocities during WWII.

The lack of an apology drew some disappointment from Japan’s Asian neighbors, which Japan had invaded and occupied.

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