Ex-Japan PM 'very worried' about Tokyo's rightward move

BEIJING, Sept. 2 (Yonhap) -- Former Japanese Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama said Monday that he was "very worried" about Tokyo's shift to the right, citing moves to revisit his 1995 apology over Japan's wartime atrocities.

"I am very worried about the Japanese swing to political right," Murayama said in an interview with the People's Daily, China's state-run newspaper.

The 89-year-old former leader called for Japan to build a "solid foundation of trust" with its neighboring nations by squarely facing up to history.

In 1995, then-Prime Minister Murayama issued a statement apologizing for Japan's wartime atrocities.

South Korea, China and other Asian nations, where bitter wartime memories run deep, have long resented visits by Japanese leaders to the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo because the act is considered as glorifying Japan's imperialistic past.

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