Japan has objected to a decision by Unesco to add Chinese documents on the Nanjing massacre to its Memory of the World register.
“The submitted documents were based on the People’s Republic of China’s unilateral assertions, and the Government of Japan believes that there are obvious problems with the documents’ integrity and authenticity,” Japan’s foreign ministry said in an e-mailed statement Saturday.
Prior to Unesco’s announcement, a Japanese foreign ministry official said on Friday that ties between China and Japan would be damaged at a crucial time before a planned trilateral summit between Japan, China and South Korea, should the United Nations agency decide to recognize the documents.
“Such decisions pose a problem for Unesco, as an international organization, which should be neutral and impartial,” the statement said.
The Memory of the World program was established by Unesco in 1992 with the goal to preserve and ensure access to documentary heritage around the world.