The Points of Remarks by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
（Upper House Budget Committee）
May 15, 2013
Recognition of History
- Regarding the Murayama Statement, in the past, Japan caused tremendous damage and suffering to the people of many countries, particularly to those in Asian nations. This fully reflects the feelings of the Abe Cabinet, and the entire position outlined by previous administrations is continued by the Abe Cabinet.
- The Murayama Statement was issued 50 years after WWII, and a statement was issued by the Koizumi Cabinet ten years later. These statements were issued by the respective Cabinets of the time, and the position outlined by previous administrations is continued by the Abe Cabinet.
- Based on such deep remorse, we have established a free and democratic Japan, which respects the rule of law and contributes to a peaceful international society.
- I have never said that Japan has not committed aggression, and have never denied the fact of its colonial rule.
Comfort Women Issue
- Regarding the Kono Statement, I am deeply pained to think of the comfort women who experienced immeasurable pain and suffering, a feeling I share equally with my predecessors.
- My position is that this issue should not be politicized or be turned into a diplomatic issue.
- Throughout history, women's dignity and basic human rights have often been infringed upon during the many wars of the past. The Government of Japan places paramount importance and is committed to doing its utmost to ensure that the 21st century is free from further violations of women’s dignity and basic human rights.