Japan: China holiday 'internal' move

Feb 28, 2014, 5:10 AM EST
File photo of a Chinese soldier standing guard next to a sculpture at the Memorial Hall of the Victims in Nanjing Massacre by Japanese Invaders in Nanjing, in China's eastern Jiangsu province.
AFP/File, Liu Jin

Japan has called China's decision to approve two national days to mark the Nanjing massacre and Tokyo's World War Two surrender "a domestic matter". Chinese lawmakers on Thursday approved 3 September as Victory Day and 13 December as a memorial day for Nanjing, Chinese state media said. A Chinese spokeswoman said marking the days was "a necessity in current circumstances". Japan's top government spokesman said it was an internal affair of China. "I can't deny there is a question why they have to set up these commemoration days more than 60 years after the war," Yoshihide Suga said.
Japan says China war holidays 'domestic matter' [BBC]
Why China and Japan cannot put the war behind them [The Telegraph]