Japan has withheld its 2016 financial contribution to United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) totalling some 4.4 billion yen (42 million dollars).
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida has confirmed that the decision was made after weighing the matter in a “comprehensive” manner.
However, many analysts pointed out that the move came after the UN body’s decision in 2015 to list Chinese documents relating to the 1937 Nanjing Massacre as a Memory of the World.
The invading Japanese military brutally killed over 300,000 Chinese including defenseless civilians and unarmed soldiers, following the capture of Nanjing in 1937.
Japan has been trying to whitewash its atrocities by claiming that the number of people killed were not as many as 300,000.
Japan’s decision to withhold the dues was also reportedly aimed at putting pressure on UNESCO.
China believed Japan deliberately put pressure on UNECSO at a time when an international alliance of civic organisations is bidding to have over 2,700 “comfort women”-related documents listed as a Memory of the World.
Many women were forced into sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army before and during World War II, most of whom were from Asian countries.
They were called “comfort women.’’ (Xinhua/NAN)