Japan apologizes for colonial rule of Korea and will return cultural relics

Japan’s government on Tuesday issued an apology for the country’s past colonial rule of the Korean peninsula, ahead of the August 29 centenary of the annexation.

In a statement, Prime Minister Naoto Kan expressed deep regret over what he referred to as the "suffering" inflicted during Japan’s colonial rule from 1910 to 1945.

The apology, approved by Kan’s centre-left Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) at a cabinet meeting Tuesday, was timed also to precede South Korea’s celebration of its 1945 liberation on August 15.

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