Foreign Policy

Press Conference by the Chief Cabinet Secretary (Excerpt)

March 3, 2014

REPORTER: I would like to ask about the recognition of history. During the budget session held just now, the Prime Minister stated, something in the line of him upholding the position of the past Cabinets. Once again, if I may, ask whether or not my understanding is correct that the Administration basically upholds the Murayama Statement as well as the Kono Statement.

CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY SUGA: It’s the same as what I have been saying in the past.

REPORTER: Then, especially on the Kono Statement, Chief Cabinet Secretary, you also expressed your thought to ascertain it. How do you explain the coherence with the Administration upholding the Statement? 
CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY SUGA: I don’t think there is any (contradiction). First of all, on the Kono Statement, it (the position of the Government) is demonstrated in the Cabinet Decision of the First Abe Administration. The basic position of the Government is that it upholds the Kono Statement.