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World War II apology stirs up new discussion in Japan

FILE - In this April 25, 2007 file photo, then-Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, and Lower House Speaker Yohei Kono look at a tree during a tree planting ceremony to mark the 60th anniversary of the constitution of Japan that went into effect in 1947 at the Constitutional Government Memorial Hall in Tokyo. Retired politician Kono, who played a major role in the early 1990s helping Japan confront its wartime past and establish warmer ties with its Asian neighbors during years leading up to the milestone 50th anniversary of the end of World War II, said Abe?s suggestion he wants to revise two apologies - including a 1995 statement expressing regret for Japan?s wartime aggression and commitment to peace - risks setting back by decades relations with China and South Korea, in an interview on Tuesday, June 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Junji Kurokawa, File)