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Japan Issues Apology for War Actions;Kaifu Statement Bespeaks New Japanese World Role
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The Washington Post (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Washington, D.C.
Author: Blustein, Paul
Date: May 3, 1991
Start Page: a.18
Section: A SECTION

"I express our sincere contrition at Japanese past actions that inflicted unbearable suffering and sorrow upon a great many people of the Asian-Pacific region," [Toshiki Kaifu] said in a speech delivered in Singapore. A text of the speech was released here.

Today's speech was the most unequivocal expression of remorse by a Japanese government leader concerning Japan's wartime invasion and subjugation of much of Southeast Asia; Kaifu's predecessors had used more ambiguous phraseology about Japan's wartime deeds. Kaifu's apology today followed one he made last year to South Korea for Japan's colonization of the Korean Peninsula early this century.

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