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Japan has failed to atone sufficiently for its actions in World War II, said a former foreign minister who wrote an apology over the use of wartime “comfort women.” 

“They are insufficient,” Yohei Kono, 77, said in an interview in his Tokyo office when asked about the apologies expressed to date by his nation’s officials. “This is because the people who suffered and have extremely painful memories aren’t saying they are sufficient.”

The remarks by Kono, a former senior member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, echo calls by China and South Korea for a clearer expression of responsibility for the deaths of millions in Asia in the 1930s-1940s. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has criticized the “propaganda” he says taints his nation’s image, has seen his efforts to hold summits with China and South Korea rebuffed by their leaders.

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