Will Abe Apologize?

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In the land of ubiquitous apologies, there is one apology Japanese find difficult: acts of their predecessors.  So now that the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII is approaching, the question is will Prime Minister Shinzo Abe apologize for Japan's violent invasion of Korea, China and other countries in the 20th century?

Haruki Murakami, the popular novelist, believes Japan must continue to apologize until the victims are satisfied.  "The issue of historical understanding carries great significance," he told the Kyodo News, "and I believe it is important that Japan makes straightforward apologies. I think that is all Japan can do - apologize until the countries say: 'We don't necessarily get over it completely, but you have apologized enough. Alright, let's leave it now' "

I doubt there is any chance conservative Abe will do this.  What do you think?

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