Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on August 14 refrained from offering his own apology for Japan's past atrocities during World War II.
In a statement marking the 70th anniversary of the end of the WWII, Abe mentioned the Japanese government's previous apology and deep remorse, but added that it is unnecessary for Japan's future generations to keep apologizing for the country's wartime past.
He said Japan has repeatedly apologized and felt deep remorse for the previous war and the country will maintain the stances of the previous governments.
The prime minister also expressed regret at the suffering and sacrifices of many people during WWII in general, but did not mention Japan's own aggression and colonial rule during the war.
He only said aggression should not be used as a way to resolve international disputes and the international community should be apart from colonial rule.
(Xinhua News Agency August 14, 2015)