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."