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Updated: Aug. 15, 2017 at 10:06 AM
Thousands attend WWII memorial service in Japan
More than 6,000 people attended
a memorial service
honoring those who died in World War II during a state-sponsored ceremony in Tokyo on Tuesday, the anniversary of Japan's surrender in 1945.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivered a speech expressing remorse for Japan's role in the war. Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko also attended.
Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko bow to the altar. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) also bows. Photo by Keizo Mori/UPI
Japan's Emperor Akihito (L) delivers his remarks with Empress Michiko. Photo by Keizo Mori/UPI
Bereaved families of the war dead offer flowers during the service. Photo by Keizo Mori/UPI
"Reflecting on our past and bearing in mind the feelings of deep remorse, I earnestly hope that the ravages of war will never be repeated," said Japan's Emperor Akihito. Photo by Keizo Mori/UPI
Japan's Empress Michiko (L) talks to Emperor Akihito during the memorial service. There are talks of the leaders possibly abdicating the throne in 2018. Photo by Keizo Mori/UPI
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during the service as Emperor Akihito looks on. Abe expressed remorse for Japan's role in the war. Photo by Keizo Mori/UPI
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe bows to Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. Photo by Keizo Mori/UPI
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