Japan may stop financial contributions to UNESCO: Suga

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Tokyo, October 13, AZERTAC

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Monday the Japanese government will consider stopping financial contributions to UNESCO or reducing the amount, given the U.N. body's decision to add Chinese documents on the Nanjing Massacre to the "Memory of the World" program, according to Japan Today.

The top Japanese government spokesman made the remarks on a TV program.

UNESCO's decision on Saturday drew an immediate protest from the Japanese government questioning whether the U.N. body was "neutral and fair" in registering them.

Beijing's dossier on the widespread killings of Chinese citizens and soldiers following the 1937 capture of Nanjing by the Japanese military is among dozens of new additions of documentary items, also including two sets of archives from Japan.

The Japanese government lodged a protest Saturday with the Chinese Foreign Ministry via the Japanese Embassy in Beijing, saying China "should not unnecessarily use the arena of UNESCO for a political purpose," according to Japanese officials.

The "Documents of the Nanjing Massacre" consists of court documents from the International Military Tribunal for the Far East that convicted several Japanese as war criminals and a Chinese military tribunal, among others. They also include photos of the killings said to have been taken by the Imperial Japanese Army and film footage taken by an American missionary.

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