Shinzo Abe at the National World War II Memorial in Washington
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Japan's Abe's WW2 condolences in US Congress speech

The Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, has expressed his condolences for Americans who died in World War Two.

Speaking before a joint meeting of the US Congress, Mr. Abe stopped short of delivering a direct apology to the so-called comfort women of that conflict - who were taken from South Korea and other countries and forced into prostitution in military brothels.

Gary O'Donoghue reports.

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