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Japan plays down China's remembrance days to mark Nanjing Massacre, WWII

Published on Feb 28, 2014 11:21 AM
Journalists visit the Memorial Hall at the Nanjing Massacre Museum during a media trip in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, on February 19, 2014. China announced two new remembrance holidays to mark the Nanjing Massacre and Japan's defeat in World War II, -- PHOTO: REUTERS. 

TOKYO (AFP) - Tokyo on Friday played down Beijing's approval of national remembrance days to commemorate the Nanjing Massacre and Japan's defeat in World War II, saying it was a "domestic matter" for China.

Japan's top government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said he could not understand why China had made this change at this point.

"I can't deny there is a question why they have to set up these commemoration days more than 60 years after the war," he said.

"But this is a domestic matter for China, so the government declines to comment on it.

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