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Restoring Japan's honor: Discussion of the registration of “Nanjing Incident” documents as a UNESCO Memory of the World

October 14, 2015

A joint meeting was held on October 14 to discuss the issue of registration by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) of documents concerning the Nanjing Incident as a "UNESCO Memory of the World." Participating in the meeting were the Party's Foreign Affairs Division (Director: Kenya Akiba, member of the House of Representatives), the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Division (Director: Tsutomu Tomioka, member of the House of Representatives), the Headquarters for Regional Diplomatic and Economic Partnership (Chairperson: Seishiro Eto, member of the House of Representatives), the Committee on International Communications (Chairperson: Yoshiaki Harada, member of the House of Representatives), and the Special Mission Committee to Restore the Honor and Trust of Japan (Chairperson: Hirofumi Nakasone, member of the House of Councillors).

The meeting adopted a resolution demanding the Japanese government to urgently rethink its relationship with UNESCO, starting with a "proposal to withdraw registration" and "suspension of financial contributions."

The resolution argues for China's application for registration as a "political use of an international institution that cannot be allowed," and also criticizes UNESCO's actions, saying, "We strongly protest the registration of an application based on unilateral claims by China without even seeking the opinion of Japan."

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