Former Japanese Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama says acknowledging Japan's responsibility for war was not for Korea or China but actually for Japan.
In a special lecture in Tokyo on Sunday, he stressed that the 'Murayama Statement' was a unanimous Cabinet decision, highly valued by the international community including its Asian neighbors.
The 'Murayama Statement,' released in 1995, apologized for Japan's atrocities during World War II.
As for the current Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's push for collective self-defense through a reinterpretation of Japan's pacifist Constitution, Murayama said, if that happens, the Constitution will lose its meaning.
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