Japan, South Korea hold ceremonies to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two. Julie Noce reports.
Japanese Emperor Akihito said it was with "deep remorse" that he marked the 70th anniversary of the end World War Two during a ceremony in Tokyo on Saturday. Some say the emperor's choice of words could be seen as a subtle rebuke of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who a day earlier offered no apology of his own for Japan's wartime atrocities. The soft-spoken Akihito has often urged Japan not to forget the suffering of the war and has tried to promote reconciliation with Asian countries. Abe, meanwhile, appears to be pushing for a less apologetic tone towards Japan's past. Earlier in the day, Abe's sent an offering to a controversial shrine that honors Japanese war dead including convicted war criminals. Abe did not visit the shrine himself. The legacy of the war still haunts relations with China and South Korea. During a ceremony in Seoul on Saturday South Korean President Park Geun-hye said that while Abe's speech did have some regrettable elements, she was trying to stay positive. (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) SOUTH KOREAN PRESIDENT, PARK GEUN-HYE, SAYING: "I am focused on him clearly saying to the international community that previous cabinets' recognition of history will remain unshakable." After President Park addressed the nation she joined thousands of people in a park in central Seoul to continue the commemorative celebrations.