Japan: Listing of Nanjing Incident regrettable
A Japanese Foreign Ministry spokesperson says it is extremely regrettable that UNESCO has included materials about the Nanjing Incident in its Memory of the World register.
Ministry Press Secretary Yasuhisa Kawamura said in a statement that China applied for the registration of documents based on its unilateral claim despite differences in opinions with Japan on the incident.
Kawamura also said it is clear that there are problems about the integrity and authenticity of the materials.
He added that the decision poses questions about UNESCO, which is an international organization that should be neutral and fair.
Kawamura said Japan will call for institutional reforms so that activities undertaken by UNESCO will not be used for political purposes.