AUGUST 26 2015 06:58h

Japan premier urges Obama to probe alleged US spying

Japan premier urges Obama to probe alleged US spying

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Tokyo (dpa) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called on President Barack Obama Wednesday to investigate allegations by WikiLeaks that the US spied on Japanese government and company officials, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said.

In July, WikiLeaks published the US National Security Agency’s list of 35 top surveillance targets in Japan, including the Cabinet Office, the finance and trade ministries and major Japanese companies.

“If it’s true, it could shake our relationship of trust,” the premier told Obama in a 40-minute telephone conversation, according to Suga.

The president offered an apology over the problem, the government spokesman said.

Abe, who is often criticized for dancing to the tune of Washington, also urged Obama to take appropriate actions in response to the allegations, and the two leaders agreed to continue to discuss the matter, Suga said.