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TOKYO (AP) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe acknowledged Friday that Japan inflicted “immeasurable damage and suffering” on innocent people in World War II, but stopped short of offering his own apology and said future generations of Japanese should not have to make them either.

In a widely anticipated statement marking the 70th anniversary of his country’s surrender, he said instead that Japan’s repeated past “heartfelt apologies” would remain unshakeable in the future.

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

The present Pacific regional crisis is building steam and chiefly between China and Japan. America is forced to travel to Pacific allies like Japan and warn restraint; as was the case with Vice President Josef Biden’s visit this month and cooling Sino-Japanese tensions with and now South Korea over the air defense identification zone stunt.

By William Tucker US and South Korean governments are stating that North Korea has launched its newest long-range rocket, the UNHA-3. At this point it looks as is if it has failed. The rocket launch was successful and the first stage had separated successfully, but it was the second and third stages that failed to separate. According to early reporting, this forced the rocket to crash into the ocean.