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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he will express remorse on World War II anniversary

  • Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, and his cabinet ministers, escorted by a Shinto priest, arrive at the Grand Shrine of Ise, central Japan, for offering a new year's prayer Monday, Jan. 5, 2015.  Japanese Prime Minister Abe said Monday that his government would express remorse for World War II on the 70th anniversary of its end in August. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT

    Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, and his cabinet ministers, escorted by a Shinto priest, arrive at the Grand Shrine of Ise, central Japan, for offering a new year's prayer Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. Japanese Prime Minister Abe said Monday that his government would express remorse for World War II on the 70th anniversary of its end in August. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

  • Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, is escorted by a Shinto priest, at the Grand Shrine of Ise, central Japan, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015.  Japanese Prime Minister Abe said Monday that his government would express remorse for World War II on the 70th anniversary of its end in August. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT

    Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, is escorted by a Shinto priest, at the Grand Shrine of Ise, central Japan, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. Japanese Prime Minister Abe said Monday that his government would express remorse for World War II on the 70th anniversary of its end in August. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

  • Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, surrounded by guards, arrives at the Grand Shrine of Ise, central Japan, for offering a new year's prayer Monday, Jan. 5, 2015.  Japanese Prime Minister Abe said Monday that his government would express remorse for World War II on the 70th anniversary of its end in August. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT

    Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, surrounded by guards, arrives at the Grand Shrine of Ise, central Japan, for offering a new year's prayer Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. Japanese Prime Minister Abe said Monday that his government would express remorse for World War II on the 70th anniversary of its end in August. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

Japan's leader says he will express remorse on the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in August.

Speaking at a news conference Monday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sought to reassure the world that he wouldn't veer from past official statements on Japan's wartime responsibility.

He said his Cabinet would uphold the general stance on history of previous prime ministers, including a 1995 apology on the 50th anniversary of the war's end.

Abe is known for his nationalist views, and many analysts have speculated that he may seek to downplay Japan's responsibility for the war. Any such move would anger neighbors China and South Korea, and U.S. policymakers worry that it would add to tensions in the region.