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Japan Marks 76th Anniversary of WWII Defeat; Suga Pledges Not to Wage War Againon August 16, 2021 at 3:22 am

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TOKYO—Japan marked the 76th anniversary of its World War II surrender on Sunday with a somber ceremony in which Prime Minister Yosihide Suga pledged for the tragedy of war to never be repeated. Suga said Japan never forgets that the peace the country enjoys today is built on the sacrifices of those who died in the war. “We will commit to our pledge to never repeat the tragedy of the war,” he said in his first speech at the event since becoming prime minister. Suga did not offer an apology to the Asian victims of Japanese aggression across the region in the first half of the 20th century—a precedent set by the country’s previous leader, Shinzo Abe. In a largely domestic-focused speech, Suga listed damage inflicted on Japan and its people, including the U.S. atomic attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the firebombing of Tokyo and other cities and the fierce …

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