Japan demands U.S. explanation over alleged spying

Japan demands U.S. explanation over alleged spying
# 03 August 2015 08:53 (UTC +04:00)

Baku. Turbet Baghirova - APA. Japan said Monday it is seeking an explanation from Washington over alleged U.S. spying on the Japanese government and Japanese companies.

"We are strongly asking U.S. Director of National Intelligence (James) Clapper to check the facts," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters when asked about documents the WikiLeaks website said show the U.S. National Security Agency spied on Japanese officials and companies, APA reports quoting Kyodo news.

"If (the alleged spying) were true, Japan, as an ally (of the United States), would find it extremely regrettable," Suga said.

On Friday, WikiLeaks posted what it says are NSA reports and a list of 35 Japanese targets for telephone intercepts including the Japanese Cabinet Office, the Bank of Japan, and the country's finance and trade ministries, as well as major Japanese trading companies.

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