Members of the Japanese cabinet have criticized UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon after he urged Japanese leaders to acquire a correct view of their country's history to gain the respect of other countries.
Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga in a press conference on Tuesday said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants dialogue with Korea, "It is extremely questionable whether the secretary-general had knowledge of our stance when he made the comments."
Suga claimed his government will inquire about Ban's comments made on Monday and then Tokyo will explain its position.
Japan's lurch to the far right since Abe stepped into office, including attempts to whitewash its World War II atrocities, have strained its relations with Korea and Japan.
Ban, who is visiting Korea on biennial home leave, at a press conference Monday called for "deep reflection" from Japanese leaders and “vision to look toward the international future in an effort to foster friendly ties with a correct view of the past history."