WASHINGTON, March 10 (Xinhua) -- The United States said on Monday that it was encouraging Japan's leadership to handle the historical issues in a manner that contributes to better ties with neighboring nations.
State Department spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki called apologies extended by then Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama in 1995 over his country's wartime atrocities, and the 1993 statement made by then Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono apologizing to sex slaves of the Japanese military during the World War II, "an important chapter in Japan improving relations with its neighbors."
She described as "a positive step" Japan's latest pledge to uphold the Kono statement.
Yoshihide Suga, Japan's chief cabinet secretary, said Monday although the country will not revise the world-recognized "Kono Statement," it will examine how the statement was compiled, Japan' s Kyodo News reported.
Suga's earlier announcement made late February of setting up a team to reexamine the 1993 statement has been denounced by South Korea as another attempt to deny Japan's wartime atrocities.
"We encourage Japan's leadership to approach this and other issues arising from the past in a manner that is conducive to building stronger relations with its neighbors," Psaki told reporters at a regular news briefing.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe infuriated its Asian neighbors by visiting the controversial Yasukuni Shrine on Dec. 26, where Japan's war dead including 14 WWII class-A war criminals are honored. The U.S. State Department also called the visit " disappointing."
Japan not to revise Kono statement on "comfort women"
TOKYO, March 10 (Xinhua) -- Japan will not revise its official apology over wartime sex slavery, or "comfort women," made by then Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono in 1993, said the government's top spokesman on Monday.
Yoshihide Suga, chief cabinet secretary, told a press conference that although the country will not revise the world- recognized "Kono Statement," it will examine how the statement was compiled, according to Japan's Kyodo News. Full story
China will never compromise with Japan on history,territory: FM
BEIJING, March 8 (Xinhua) -- China will not give any ground on issues of history and territory, said Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Saturday when responding to a question about China-Japan relations.
"On the two issues of principle, history and territory, there is no room for compromise," Wang told a press conference on the sidelines of the ongoing annual session of the National People's Congress, China's top legislature. Full story