Japan's Abe expresses "deep repentance" over World War 2

WASHINGTON, April 29 (Reuters) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed "deep repentance" over Japan's role in World War Two in a speech to the U.S. Congress on Wednesday even as he declared Japan's emergence as a global security player in the face of China's rising power in Asia.

Abe, who earlier visited the World War II Memorial in Washington, said in a text of his speech released in advance: "With deep repentance in my heart, I stood there in silent prayers for some time." (Reporting by Nathan Layne; Editing by Bill Trott)

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