Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has expressed deep regret over the installment of two statues of a Korean and Chinese girl in China in honor of Tokyo's wartime sexual slavery victims last Saturday.
In a news conference on Monday, Suga said that such a move does not help improve Tokyo-Beijing ties.
He said Japan believes it is important to assume a future-oriented stance on joint challenges faced by the international community instead of placing excessive focus on unfortunate events that took place in the past.
Last Saturday, an international civic group campaigning for the listing of records on the wartime sexual slavery as a UNESCO world heritage set up the statues at Shanghai Normal University's campus.
Suga also said it is extremely important for Seoul and Tokyo to faithfully observe an agreement they reached last December on the wartime sexual enslavement issue.
Source: KBS World Radio