August 19, 2015 10:48
The Japanese Foreign Ministry has deleted a webpage on Japan's colonial rule and a standing apology last Friday, when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gave a speech marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
A notice on the history Q&A webpage now reads, "The page you asked for cannot be found. It may have been moved or deleted."
There is speculation that the ministry deleted the page because its content is at odds with the Abe statement. The Asahi Shimbun reported that the ministry has promised to bring the page in line with Abe's speech.
The page formerly stated that Japan carried out colonial expansion and aggressive actions during World War II and always feels deeply repentant. It was in line with the Murayama Statement of 1995 that admitted the wrongfulness of Japan's colonial aggression.
In the speech last Friday, Abe pledged to abandon colonial rule forever. "Japan has repeatedly expressed the feelings of deep remorse and heartfelt apology for its actions during the war," he said, but stopped short of repeating the sentiment himself, apparently to shore up his far-right support at home.
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