An Indonesian domestic passenger aircraft carrying 54 people lost contact with air traffic control on Sunday in the remote eastern Papua region.
Emperor of Japan Akihito on Saturday expressed his "deep remorse" over the past war for the first time at an annual national memorial service.
Abe didn't present an apology of his own. He merely stated that earlier cabinets had expressed 'heartfelt apology' for atrocities committed by Japan.
By mentioning the Japanese government's previous apologies in his WWII anniversary statement Friday, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hopes to take a step forward toward reconciliation with his country's neighbors.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe mentioned previous governments' apology for Japan's wartime past, but refrained from offering his own apology.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's war anniversary statement was endorsed by his cabinet Friday in an extraordinary meeting.
Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain used his speech on the Independence Day on Friday to reiterate his country's quest for tensions-free relations with neighboring India.
Japanese PM Shinzo Abe will issue a statement to later Friday, focusing on whether the leader could atone for offering an apology to victims of its wartime atrocities.
Chairman of Myanmar's ruling party, the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), U Shwe Mann was removed Thursday, according to the party sources.
Five Japanese former prime ministers have expressed their concerns over the government-backed security bills and asked the incumbent leader Shinzo Abe to retract the bills, according to local reports.
China offered a more competitive solution for Indonesia's first high-speed railway linking Jakarta and Bandung,diplomatic sources said Wednesday.
Analysts in Europe and Asia stressed the importance of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sincerely apologizing for Japan's wartime atrocities in his statement on Friday marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.