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Press Conference by the Chief Cabinet Secretary

February 19, 2015 (AM)

Press Conference by the Chief Cabinet Secretary (Excerpt)

[Provisional Translation]


  • The history issue
  • The Japan-China relations


REPORTER: Yesterday, Chief Representative Natsuo Yamaguchi of New Komeito expressed the view that the essence of certain key sections from the Murayama Statement, such as Japan’s apology for its past colonial rule and aggression, should be preserved. The Prime Minister has stated that he will uphold the position of the Murayama Statement in its entirety, but has also demonstrated a cautious attitude with regard to upholding the exact wording of the statement. How does the Abe administration view such a request from Mr. Yamaguchi?

CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY SUGA: In any case, the Prime Minister has made it clear that he will uphold the position outlined by the previous cabinets in its entirety. With that in mind we will establish an advisory panel consisting of expert members, and upon hearing their various opinions, we will determine the direction in which to proceed.


REPORTER: I have a question regarding Japan-China relations. There are reports that Japan and China will hold a security dialogue in Tokyo in April. What is the state of the arrangements?

CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY SUGA: I am aware of the reports but nothing has been decided at this point in time.

REPORTER: Could I ask for your thoughts regarding the significance and need to hold a security dialogue at this particular timing?

CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY SUGA: Japan and China are indeed neighboring countries, and Japan-China relations are the focus of much attention from countries around the world. Following on from the summit meeting between our two leaders, I believe it is very important to engage in dialogue in a variety of fields.

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