Philip Hammond, the Foreign Secretary, has reacted positively to comments made by Shinzō Abe, the Japanese Prime Minister, apologising for the treatment of British prisoners of war in the Second World War. The comments were made on the 70th anniversary of the Japanese surrender.
Hammond said in a statement:
“I welcome Prime Minister Abe’s statement on the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII. I was pleased to read the reaffirmation of previous Japanese statements of apology and acknowledge Japan’s commitment, over 70 years, to peaceful development and to the rules-based international system. I welcome, as well, PM Abe’s acknowledgement of the suffering of Japanese POWs, including many thousands of Britons.
“I hope this statement will be received as a positive contribution to reconciliation between Japan and its neighbours in North East Asia”.