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Japan Mulls PM Statement on Annexation Anniversary

Posted July. 19, 2010 11:22,   


Japan is considering a prime minister’s statement on the centennial anniversary of Japanese annexation of the Korean Peninsula.

Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada said Friday, “In light of the centennial anniversary of the Japan-Korea annexation treaty, the Japanese government is looking at response measures.”

When Japanese reporters asked Friday afternoon if a prime minister’s statement is forthcoming, he said, “I’d like to postpone mentioning details for the time being.”

He added, however, “There was the (1995) Murayama statement marking the 50th anniversary (of Japan’s defeat in World War II) and another one by then Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi of the Liberal Democratic Party marking the 60th anniversary.”

NHK said Saturday, “Regarding Okada’s comments, the Japanese government seems to be reviewing a statement by the prime minister containing an apology to Korea.”