Japan's new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reiterated on Friday that on the view of Japan's wartime history, he would follow the 1995 statement made by then Premier Tomiichi Murayama who apologized and expressed remorse for Japan's colonial rule and atrocities before and during the war.
Abe made the remarks at parliament inquiries during a lower house budget committee session.
In 1995, Murayama stated on the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II: "Japan, following a mistaken national policy, advanced along the road to war, only to ensnare the Japanese people in a fateful crisis, and, through its colonial rule and aggression, caused tremendous damage and suffering to the people of many countries, particularly to those of Asian nations... [I] express here once again my feelings of deep remorse and state my heartfelt apology."
Abe also said "The last war brought pain to many Japanese and disasters to other Asian countries and has left scars."
"It is a fact that the then leaders had great responsibility," he said.
On the San Francisco Peace Treaty, Abe said "as we accept the ruling of the tribunal (of the Far East) under the San Francisco Peace Treaty, Japan would not object to it in diplomatic relations."