- CNTV English - CCTV News

Japan marks 66th anniversary of surrender

08-16-2011 10:11 BJT

Watch Video

Play Video

August 15th, 1945, the surrender of Japan brought hostilities in the Second World War to a close. Sixty-six years later, some Asian countries are celebrating the day they were liberated from Japanese Imperial rule.

In Japan itself, some people are visiting the country's controversial Yasukuni Shrine. But Naoto Kan, the prime minister, has not. Keith Crane has more.

A multiparty group of 52 Japanese lawmakers pay a visit to the war-related Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, to commemorate the end of World War two.

The shrine honors some 2.5 million Japanese war dead, including 14 top war criminals. It is seen as a symbol of Japan's past militarism.

But some visitors say they have come to remind themselves never to repeat the mistakes of the past.

Japan's Emperor Akihito (right) and Empress Michiko observe a one-minute silence before an altar during a memorial service at Nippon Budokan Hall in Tokyo, Japan

Toshihiko Horiuchi, businessman, said, "Japan may have to show more restraint in dealing with territorial disputes between Russia, China or South Korea and resolve them peacefully with dialogue; if we fight against our neighbors over the disputes, we'll be just repeating what we've done during wartime."

No members of Prime Minister Naoto Kan's Cabinet have visited the controversial shrine for the second straight year. Kan instead took part in an official memorial ceremony at the Nippon Budokan Hall. He says Japan is remorseful over its conduct.

Naoto Kan, Japanese PM, said, "Japan caused a tremendous amount of damage and suffering to many Asian countries during the war. We deeply reflect on our past and express our sincerest condolences to those who lost their lives and their families."

Japan's Emperor and Empress also attended the ceremony, with Emperor Akihito offering prayers for the dead and hopes for peace.

Relatives of people who died during World War Two (left) receive
chrysanthemums from officials to lay before an altar during the
ceremony at Budokan Hall

Worshippers hold white doves to be released into the air marking prayers for the country's war dead in Tokyo



Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program