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Gov't marks Japan's 1952 recovery of sovereignty

TOKYO, April 29, — The Japanese government on Sunday commemorated the day the country recovered its sovereignty in 1952 after its defeat in World War II, amid opposition from Okinawa, which remained under U.S. control for another 20 years.

At the government-sponsored ceremony at the Parliamentary Museum in Tokyo, attended by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko as well as around 390 lawmakers, prefectural governors and government officials, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he wished to make the day one to renew people's resolve and hope for the future by keeping in mind the steps Japan has taken since 1952.

Abe, known for his nationalistic views, also said his generation has a responsibility "to make Japan stronger and create a country that people around the world can rely on."(PNA/Kyodo)

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