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Japan Hits Back Against S. Korean Criticism on World Heritage Sites

By Kyodo News 25 June 2020

TOKYO—Japan hit back on Wednesday at South Korea’s efforts to have Japanese historical sites removed from the World Heritage list, dismissing claims that it has failed to recognize the suffering of Koreans who were forced to work at some of the facilities during World War II.

In a videoconference, Shigeki Takizaki, the head of the Japanese Foreign Ministry’s Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, told his South Korean counterpart, Kim Jung Han, that Japan is fulfilling its commitments to UNESCO and that South Korea’s criticisms are “unacceptable,” according to the ministry.

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