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Japan: Abe honours war victims during WWII commemoration in Tokyo 02:08

Japan: Abe honours war victims during WWII commemoration in Tokyo

Japan, Tokyo
August 15, 2016 at 08:24 GMT -00:00 · Published

spirits of those who got into the war, or those who died in other countries, we will never forget that our peace and prosperity today exist because of your holy spirits."

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe honoured the victims of war, during a ceremony marking the 71st anniversary of end of the World War II at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, Monday.

“People who died in the battlefield, the spirits of those who got into the war, or those who died in other countries, we will never forget that our peace and prosperity today exist because of your holy spirits,” declared the Japanese leader.

Abe, together with Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, paid respects at the memorial and led a moment of silence to honour those who had died.

Emperor Akihito addressed the crowd at the Nippon Budokan, saying "I look back upon the past here and, with deep reflection; I hope that the dire disaster of the war is not repeated ever again in the future."

In the lead up to the Japanese surrender in 1945, the US dropped two atomic bombs, the first and last use of nuclear weapons during active warfare, on two Japanese cities: Hiroshima on August 6 and Nagasaki on August 9. Around 150,000 people died in Hiroshima and 70,000 in Nagasaki.

Japan: Abe honours war victims during WWII commemoration in Tokyo 02:08
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spirits of those who got into the war, or those who died in other countries, we will never forget that our peace and prosperity today exist because of your holy spirits."

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe honoured the victims of war, during a ceremony marking the 71st anniversary of end of the World War II at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, Monday.

“People who died in the battlefield, the spirits of those who got into the war, or those who died in other countries, we will never forget that our peace and prosperity today exist because of your holy spirits,” declared the Japanese leader.

Abe, together with Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, paid respects at the memorial and led a moment of silence to honour those who had died.

Emperor Akihito addressed the crowd at the Nippon Budokan, saying "I look back upon the past here and, with deep reflection; I hope that the dire disaster of the war is not repeated ever again in the future."

In the lead up to the Japanese surrender in 1945, the US dropped two atomic bombs, the first and last use of nuclear weapons during active warfare, on two Japanese cities: Hiroshima on August 6 and Nagasaki on August 9. Around 150,000 people died in Hiroshima and 70,000 in Nagasaki.

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