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Japan pleased with UNESCO’s decision not to put comfort women on Memory of World list

  • November 1, 2017
  • , Yomiuri, Nikkei, Sankei
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Yomiuri and Sankei wrote that the GOJ is extremely pleased with the decision not to inscribe documents related to the comfort women in UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register, quoting an unnamed senior government official as saying: “It represents an all-out effort by Japanese diplomacy.” The articles projected that Tokyo is likely to step up its diplomatic campaign to prevent the international cultural body from addressing divisive subjects that may cause rifts between its member states. However, the ROK government appears to be determined to continue its diplomatic efforts to have the documents listed. Noting that the ROK government strongly supported the application for the listing that was filed by a consortium of civic groups from eight nations, including China, Nikkei said Tokyo is distrustful of the Moon administration’s diplomatic posturing on the matter.

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