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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Kong Quan's Comment on Remarks by Japanese Prime Minister Junichi Koizumi on the Occasion Marking the 60th Anniversary of the End of World War II
2005-08-15

Q: In his comments today on the issue of history, Japanese Prime Minister Junichi Koizumi admitted that Japan had caused "huge damage and suffering" to its Asian neighbors with its "colonization and aggression", and expressed Japan's "remorse" and "apology" again. What comment does the Chinese side have on these comments?

A: We have taken notice of the remarks made by Prime Minister Junichi Koizumi. It is in its own long-term and fundamental interests for Japan to treat its militarist aggression history with a correct, serious and responsible attitude. We hope that the Japanese government and its leaders will translate their words and promises into concrete actions.

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