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Japan marked the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II Saturday under criticism from China and South Korea which said nationalist Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's war anniversary speech failed to properly apologize for Tokyo's past aggression.Memorial services on the day Japan surrendered to the Allies in 1945 come after Abe on Friday delivered a closely watched speech that expressed regret but also said future generations need not apologize for Japan's war record.Founded in 1869, the Shinto shrine honors some 2.5 million citizens who died in World War II and other conflicts, along with 14 indicted war criminals including General Hideki Tojo, who authorized the attack on Pearl Harbor, drawing the US into the war.Japan's wartime history has come under a renewed focus since Abe swept into power in late 2012, and much speculation had focused on whether he would follow a landmark 1995 statement issued by then-premier Tomiichi Murayama.On Friday, Abe -- who has been criticized for playing down Japan's war record and trying to expand its present-day military -- said future generations should not have to apologize.
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