Emperor Naruhito conveys ‘deep remorse’ for Japan’s actions in 76th anniversary of WWII surrender, still no apology
Japanese Emperor Naruhito expressed “deep remorse” for Japan’s atrocities in World War II on Sunday, which marked the 76th anniversary of the country’s surrender to Allied forces.
A prevailing message: Naruhito, whose role as emperor is mostly ceremonial, is a grandson of Emperor Hirohito, the man who led Japan during the war. He delivered his message — which was largely similar from last year’s — in an annual memorial ceremony in Tokyo.
On May 1, Japan will welcome a new emperor and usher in a new era of “commanding peace.”
Crown Prince Naruhito, 59, will succeed his father, Emperor Akihito, who will abdicate the Chrysanthemum Throne after three decades due to his age and declining health.