Japanese Ambassador Toshinao Urabe on Wednesday apologized to the world for the human sufferings caused by his country during World War II.
“We express our heartfelt apology and deep remorse for the sufferings of so many during the war. We vowed never to wage war again,” Urabe said in his speech at the observance of the Day of Valor, held in Bataan peninsula, north of Manila.
He joined President Benigno Aquino 3rd and US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg in honoring war veterans.
Urabe thanked Filipinos and Americans “for building peace within our hearts.”
“We are happy to work with you for the common good of all. Japan will continue to contribute proactively to the peace, stability and prosperity not only for this region, but also for the international community,” the Japanese envoy said, adding that he was glad that “we are now strategic partners, sharing common values.”
“The exchange of visits and contacts between our leaders continue on a regular basis. Our soldiers were working shoulder-to-shoulder in the UN peacekeeping operations in the Golan Heights prior to the Syrian crisis,’ he noted.
The US and Japan quickly responded to the Philippines’ need in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Yolanda in November last year.
The Japanese official also claimed that his country played a constructive role in the progress of the Mindanao process. Urabe and Goldberg offered wreaths to honor the departed war heroes at Mount Samat National Shrine in Pilar, Bataan.