China urges int’l alert for Japanese comments


BEIJING, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) — China on Wednesday urged the international community to be on alert for any comments which attempt to vindicate Japan’s invasion history and challenge post-war world order.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying’s comments came in response to a question regarding recent Japanese comments.

Chairman of Japan’s public broadcaster NHK Katsuto Momii insisted there was nothing wrong with his earlier remarks on “comfort women”, a euphemism for sex slaves during World War II.

Last month, during his first press conference as NHK president, Momii said comfort women were common in countries at war at that time, and that media “cannot say left when the government says right.”

Apart from Momii’s comments, an aide to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had expressed disappointment at U.S. criticism of Abe’s shrine visit. “It’s us who are disappointed,” said Seiichi Eto in a message recently posted on the YouTube video-sharing website.


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