President Ma expresses regret over Abe speech


Japanese Liberal Democratic Party Legislator Hideki Makihara, left, scratches his head as President Ma Ying-jeou addresses a delegation from the party in Taipei yesterday. Photo: CNA

Taipei Times
Date:  Aug 19, 2015
By: Staff writer, with CNA

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday expressed regret that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe did not apologize over the “comfort women” issue in Abe’s statement marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

Ma said during a meeting with a delegation from the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan that Abe mentioned words such as “aggression,” “colonial rule,” “calmly reflect upon,” “repentance” and “apology.”

Abe twice mentioned that “there were women behind the battlefields whose honor and dignity were severely injured,” Ma said.

“Regrettably, he did not offer an apology over the comfort woman issue,” Ma said.     [FULL  STORY]

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