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Japan's Abe, on WW2 anniversary, pledges never to repeat tragedy of war

FILE PHOTO: Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe offers a silent prayer for the victims of the 1945 atomic bombing, at Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, western Japan, August 6, 2020, on the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of the city. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, speaking at a ceremony on Saturday marking the 75th anniversary of Japan’s World War Two surrender, pledged never to repeat the devastation of war.

“Never to repeat the tragedy of war. We will continue to remain committed to this resolute pledge,” Abe said.

The ceremony was scaled down to less than one-tenth of last year’s size because of the COVID-19 outbreak. The legacy of the conflict still haunts Japan’s ties with its neighbours China and the two Koreas, where bitter memories of Tokyo’s military aggression linger.

Abe sent a ritual offering to the shrine for war dead on Saturday, but avoided a personal visit that would anger China and South Korea.

Reporting by Mari Saito; Editing by Shri Navaratnam

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