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Panel report praises postwar Japan role, cites damage inflicted ahead of Abe's statement

  • Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, poses as he receives a 38-page report from Taizo Nishimuro, center, chairman of the Japanese government's advisory panel on the history of the 20th century and on Japan's role and the world order in the 21st century, at Abe's office in Tokyo Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015. The government panel commissioned by Abe to review the country's recent history has praised Japan's postwar economic growth and commitment to pacifism but also cites lack of reconciliation with China and South Korea. The report released Thursday did not specify what Abe should say in his statement marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II later this month, or whether he should use the same language to convey the apology from 1995 by then-Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama. However, the report urged sensitivity for the feelings of the victims of Japan's wartime actions. (Yoshikazu Tsuno/Pool Photo via AP)

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, poses as he receives a 38-page report from Taizo Nishimuro, center, chairman of the Japanese government's advisory panel on the history of the 20th century and on Japan's role and the world order in the 21st century, at Abe's office in Tokyo Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015. The government panel commissioned by Abe to review the country's recent history has praised Japan's postwar economic growth and commitment to pacifism but also cites lack of reconciliation with China and South Korea. The report released Thursday did not specify what Abe should say in his statement marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II later this month, or whether he should use the same language to convey the apology from 1995 by then-Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama. However, the report urged sensitivity for the feelings of the victims of Japan's wartime actions. (Yoshikazu Tsuno/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, second right, accompanied by Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, right, poses as he receives a 38-page report from Taizo Nishimuro, second left, chairman of the Japanese government's advisory panel on the history of the 20th century and on Japan's role and the world order in the 21st century, and Shinichi Kitaoka, deputy of the panel, at Abe's office in Tokyo Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015. The government panel commissioned by Abe to review the country's recent history has praised Japan's postwar economic growth and commitment to pacifism but also cites lack of reconciliation with China and South Korea. The report released Thursday did not specify what Abe should say in his statement marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II later this month, or whether he should use the same language to convey the apology from 1995 by then-Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama. However, the report urged sensitivity for the feelings of the victims of Japan's wartime actions. (Yoshikazu Tsuno/Pool Photo via AP)

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, second right, accompanied by Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, right, poses as he receives a 38-page report from Taizo Nishimuro, second left, chairman of the Japanese government's advisory panel on the history of the 20th century and on Japan's role and the world order in the 21st century, and Shinichi Kitaoka, deputy of the panel, at Abe's office in Tokyo Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015. The government panel commissioned by Abe to review the country's recent history has praised Japan's postwar economic growth and commitment to pacifism but also cites lack of reconciliation with China and South Korea. The report released Thursday did not specify what Abe should say in his statement marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II later this month, or whether he should use the same language to convey the apology from 1995 by then-Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama. However, the report urged sensitivity for the feelings of the victims of Japan's wartime actions. (Yoshikazu Tsuno/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, speaks after receiving a 38-page report from Taizo Nishimuro, center, chairman of the Japanese government's advisory panel on the history of the 20th century and on Japan's role and the world order in the 21st century, and Shinichi Kitaoka, deputy of the panel, at Abe's office in Tokyo Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015. The government panel commissioned by Abe to review the country's recent history has praised Japan's postwar economic growth and commitment to pacifism but also cites lack of reconciliation with China and South Korea. The report released Thursday did not specify what Abe should say in his statement marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II later this month, or whether he should use the same language to convey the apology from 1995 by then-Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama. However, the report urged sensitivity for the feelings of the victims of Japan's wartime actions. (Yoshikazu Tsuno/Pool Photo via AP)

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, speaks after receiving a 38-page report from Taizo Nishimuro, center, chairman of the Japanese government's advisory panel on the history of the 20th century and on Japan's role and the world order in the 21st century, and Shinichi Kitaoka, deputy of the panel, at Abe's office in Tokyo Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015. The government panel commissioned by Abe to review the country's recent history has praised Japan's postwar economic growth and commitment to pacifism but also cites lack of reconciliation with China and South Korea. The report released Thursday did not specify what Abe should say in his statement marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II later this month, or whether he should use the same language to convey the apology from 1995 by then-Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama. However, the report urged sensitivity for the feelings of the victims of Japan's wartime actions. (Yoshikazu Tsuno/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

A government panel has praised Japan's postwar economic growth and commitment to pacifism but also cites lack of reconciliation with China and South Korea.

The report released Thursday did not specify what Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should say in his statement marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, or whether he should use the same language to convey the apology from 1995 by then-Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama.

The report urges sensitivity for the feelings of the victims of Japan's wartime actions.

Abe, known as a revisionist, is widely seen as trying to water down the 1995 apology by issuing his own, most likely focusing on the bright side of postwar Japan.