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PM Abe says Japan should prepare for UNESCO’s registration in 2017

  • 2015-10-16 15:00:00
  • , Asahi
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(Asahi: October 16, 2015 – p. 4)


 In reaction to the listing of “documents related to the Nanjing Massacre” on UNESCO’s Memory of the World program, the Liberal Democratic Party’s policy divisions, including the Foreign Affairs Division, jointly proposed to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that the Japanese government ask UNESCO to retract the listed documents and presented to him a resolution calling for suspension of financial contributions to the UN body.


 According to Foreign Affairs Division Director Kenya Akiba, Abe said: “We should examine the result of this time around and prepare for two years hence.” Referring to the issue of comfort women with an eye on UNESCO’s examination of nominations in 2017, Abe said: “We will make utmost efforts so that [documents related to] this issue will not to be registered two years after.”

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