Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has expressed “deep repentance” over Japan’s role in World War Two, during an historic address to the US Congress. He offered his “profound respect” and “eternal condolences” for US soldiers who died in the conflict. Mr Abe is on a state visit to the US to discuss a wide-ranging trans-pacific trade deal. “My dear friends, on behalf of Japan and the Japanese people, I offer with profound respect my eternal condolences to the soul of all American people that were lost during World War Two,” he said to warm applause. Mr Abe also acknowledged that Japan had “brought suffering to the People’s in Asian countries,” adding: “We must not avert our eyes from that.” Mr Abe is the first Japanese Prime minister to address a joint session of the US Congress. Mr Abe also urged lawmakers to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), “for the sake of our children and children’s children.” The TPP is aimed at liberalising markets in 12 countries and the US and Japan are among the biggest players.