Japanese PM promises to never again wage war

STORY: "In a world where conflicts are still unabated... Japan will do its utmost to work together with the international community to resolve the various challenges facing the world," Kishida said during a national memorial service also attended by Japanese Emperor Naruhito.

Attending the ceremony this year were 787 people, including 592 family members of victims of the war.

The anniversary commemoration was linked to Yasukuni Shrine, a site that honors 14 Japanese wartime leaders convicted as war criminals by an Allied tribunal, as well as war dead. Kishida sent an offering to the central Tokyo shrine without visiting, Kyodo news agency reported.