Former Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama said Friday he is planning to attend a ceremony China will hold in September to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

"If I receive a formal invitation, I intend to go," Murayama, who was prime minister from June 1994 to January 1996, said in a telephone interview.

Murayama said he recently got a call from Chinese Ambassador to Japan Cheng Yonghua, who said the government wants to invite him to the event.