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Kato mum on downgrade in S. Korea’s description of Japan

  • February 3, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 3:42 p.m.
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Tokyo, Feb. 3 (Jiji Press)–Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato on Wednesday refrained from commenting on the removal of the description of Japan as a partner in a white paper released by South Korea’s defense ministry on Tuesday.


The biennial defense report described Japan only as a neighboring country of South Korea. In the previous defense white paper, Japan was regarded as a partner and neighboring country.


“I’m not in a position to comment on the South Korean government’s intention,” Kato told a press conference.


Meanwhile, the top government spokesman said that Tokyo has made a protest against the latest report’s references regarding understanding of history and an incident in late 2018 in which a South Korean warship directed a radar at a Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force patrol plane. Tokyo told Seoul that they are “unacceptable” to Japan, according to Kato.

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