Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attend the memorial service

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attend the memorial service at the Nippon Budokan on the 70th anniversary of the Japan's war surrender on August 15, 2015 in Tokyo, Japan. (Emperor Akihito has spoken at the annual ceremony every year since 1989 and past messages have tended to repeat the same phrases. However, at this year's ceremony, Akihito for the first time expressed 'deep remorse over the last war.')
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko during the annual memorial service for war victims in Tokyo
Japan's emperor Akihito said on August 15 that he felt 'profound remorse' over World War II -- a conflict that Tokyo fought in the name of his father Hirohito
Japan marked the 70th anniversary of the end of the World War II on August 15 under criticism from neighbours China and South Korea which said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's speech the day before failed to properly apologise for Tokyo's past aggression.

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