Japan Expresses 'Serious Concern' Over US Spying Reports

- VOA News,August 6, 2015

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed "serious concern" over allegations the United States spied on senior Japanese government and business officials.

Abe also called for an investigation into the matter during a phone call with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, said Yoshihide Suga, Japan's top government spokesman.

Suga said Biden apologized for the matter, noting it has "stirred up debate in Japan." He did not say whether Biden specifically confirmed the spying.

Media whistleblower WikiLeaks last week published documents it says show the U.S. spied on 35 companies, government ministries and individuals in Japan.

WikiLeaks said the intercepts related to topics such as U.S.-Japan relations, trade negotiations and climate change strategy. It said the surveillance dates as far back as 2006, the first term of Prime Minister Abe.

In a statement late Tuesday, the White House said Biden used his phone call with Abe to reaffirm the United States' "strong commitment to the U.S.-Japan alliance and thanked Prime Minister Abe for his enduring partnership."

日本对美国监听表示严重关切

- 美国之音,2015年8月6日

日本首相安倍晋三对据称美国暗中监视日本政府高级官员和企业高管表示“严重关切”。

日本内阁官房长官菅义伟说,安倍首相在与美国副总统拜登的电话交谈中要求就此事展开调查。

菅义伟说,拜登对这件事在日本“激起争论”给日方造成困扰,表示非常抱歉。他没有说拜登是否承认美国进行了监听。

经常爆料的维基揭秘上周公布了一些文件,说这些文件显示美国暗中监视日本的35家企业、政府部门和个人。

维基揭密称,监听的主要内容包括美日关系、贸易谈判和气候变化战略等,监听行动可以追溯到2006年安倍首相的第一个任期时。

美国白宫周二晚间的一份声明中说,拜登在电话中向安倍晋三重申了美国“对美日同盟的坚定承诺,并感谢安倍首相与美国持久的伙伴关系。”