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Nanjing Marks 76th Anniversary of 1937 Massacre

Posted by feww on December 13, 2013

300,000 Chinese civilians and disarmed soldiers massacred following Japanese invasion

The Rape of Nanjing: On December 13, 1937, Japanese troops began a six-week orgy of massacre, murdering about a third of a million people in Nanjing, capital of east China’s Jiangsu Province.

the rape of Nanking
The Rape of Nanking [renamed Nanjing]

Nanjing witnessed genocide, mass murder and war rape after the Japanese captured of the city on December 13, 1937.

To commemorate the event, memorial events are being held  across China. Services in Nanjing will include “a candlelight vigil, a prayer assembly for peace, as well as press conferences and seminars,” said Zhu Chengshan, curator of the Nanjing Massacre Hall.

“As part of this year’s event, a report on protection of survivors’ oral histories of the atrocity will be presented and a Sino-U.S. collaborative project on oral history studies will be announced, Zhu announced.”

“A dictionary on the history of the Nanjing Massacre is being compiled and will be published next year. The dictionary, featuring more than 18,000 entries so far, will reveal the historical facts on the crimes of the Japanese troops in Nanjing from late 1937 to early 1938, said Zhu Chengshan, curator of the Memorial Hall for the Victims of the Nanjing Massacre by Japanese Invaders.”

Nanjing Massacre memorial
Nanjing Massacre memorial, December 13, 2013. Source: Xinhua.


2 Responses to “Nanjing Marks 76th Anniversary of 1937 Massacre”

  1. Zhang said

    So many Chinese massacred and so few Japanese hanged for war crimes and crimes against humanity!

  2. World a better place without Abe's Japan said

    Mr. Abe’s Dangerous Revisionism

    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s brand of nationalism is a becoming an ever more serious threat to Japan’s relations with the United States. His use of revisionist history is a dangerous provocation for the region, which is already struggling with China’s aggressive stance in territorial disputes in the East and South China Seas.

    Mr. Abe, however, seems oblivious to this reality and to the interests of the United States, which is committed to defend Japan by treaty obligation and does not want to be dragged into a conflict between China and Japan.

    Mr. Abe’s nationalism can be hard to decipher, because it is not directed against any country. It is directed instead against Japan’s own history since World War II, which he finds shameful. He wants to shed what he calls the self-effacing postwar regime and recreate a renewed patriotism.

    But before he gets to Japan’s postwar culture, he also whitewashes the history of the war. He and other nationalists still claim that the Nanjing massacre by Japanese troops in 1937 never happened. His government on Friday said that it would re-examine and possible rescind an apology to Korean women who were forced into sexual servitude by Japanese troops. And he insists that visiting the Yasukuni Shrine, which honors Japan’s war dead including convicted war criminals, merely shows respect for those who sacrificed their lives for their country. Despite clear signals from Washington to refrain from visiting the shrine, he went in December.

    A confrontational relationship with China at this time could help him convince a deeply pacifist people of the need for heightened defense preparedness. It seems a peculiarity of Japan that those who advocate a greater military posture tend to overlap with historical revisionists. Mr. Abe’s nationalism aside, however, neither he nor other mainstream Japanese leaders are about to enhance Japan’s military capabilities without American consent because they are deeply committed to the U.S.-Japan security alliance.

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