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“A Human Holocaust" The Nanjing Massacre

Photo taken shows the exhibition “A Human Holocaust: Historical Facts of the Nanjing Massacre” held by Memorial Hall of the Victims in Nanjing Massacre by Japanese Invaders. The right side of the photo shows words written in Chinese, English and Japanese saying “victims 300,000”. 

La Cina ha ricordato il 79/mo anniversario del "massacro di Nanchino" del 1937, che vide le truppe imperiali nipponiche di occupazione commettere atrocità, soprattutto contro i civili: alla cerimonia ha partecipato Zhao Leji, componente del Politburo del Pcc, che ha rimarcato la "impossibilità all'oblio".    

"Qualsiasi azione per tentare di costruire o cambiare la storia o provare a trovare scuse per le atrocità commesse sarà condannata e respinta con sdegno dal popolo cinese e da tutti i popoli che guardano alla pace e alla giustizia", ha detto Zhao nel suo discorso, aggiungendo che l'uccisione di massa "non può essere negata" e che la Cina guarda alla memoria e alla verità del massacro costato la vita a 300mila persone.

    Zhao ha sottolineato la responsabilità delle truppe imperiali nipponiche nella città: il governo giapponese, non disconoscendo il gran numero di civili uccisi, ha obiettato negli anni la difficoltà a quantificare il numero.

La Cina commemora massacro di Nanchino 13 dicembre 2016 

China is igniting anti-Japanese sentiments as it prepares a massive commemoration on the day of the massacre of 300,000 Chinese who were killed by the Imperial Japanese Army during the Sino-Japanese War in 1937. In the same vein, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said last week that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should visit the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall to apologize, not the Pearl Harbor, when commenting on Abe’s planned visit to Pearl Harbor in Hawaii later this month to mourn the victims of the Japanese attack during the WWII. This is China’s expression of strong displeasure with Japan’s move to strengthen its alliance with the US, while ignoring its relations with China.

[China held a national day of remembrance for the Nanjing massacre in Nanjing, Jiangsu, on Dec. 13, 2015. Japan is denying the Nanjing massacre, deteriorating it relationship with China./ Source: Xinhua News Agency]

On the other hand, Japan is strongly denying the historical fact of the Nanjing massacre itself. Moreover, it recently has lashed out at UNESCO’s decision to inscribe documents related to the Nanjing massacre in its Memory of the World register. It has been not only holding back the UNESCO funding, but also calling for the process to be reformed. Considering the situation, it is hard to imagine Japan issuing an apology to China ahead of the memorial day on Tuesday.

China-Japan Relations Worsen Ahead of 79th Anniversary of the Nanjing Massacre  12/11/2016 Hong Soon-do0

The legislature in the Canadian province of Ontario is considering designating December 13 as Nanjing Massacre Remembrance Day. A version of a measure supporting this has been unanimously approved in the Provincial Assembly during the second deliberation. Ontario would become the first western government to adopt such a day of remembrance if the act passes the third deliberation.
Soo Wong, the lawmaker who led the motion, said it is important for Ontarians to reflect and to educate themselves about the enduring lessons of the Nanjing Massacre.
Ontario is the home of one of the largest Asian populations in Canada. Currently, some Ontarians have direct relationships with victims and survivors of the Nanjing Massacre, Wong wrote in Bill 79, Nanjing Massacre Commemorative Day Act, according to Legislative Assembly of Ontario.
A memorial exhibition was held at the Ontario Provincial Assembly on December 8. Survivors, family dependents of the deceased and the public visited the exhibition.

Canadian province considers establishing Nanjing Massacre Remembrance Day 2016-12

Japanese troops slaughtered a vast number of civilians and prisoners of war, and raped tens of thousands of girls and women in the Chinese city. The atrocity has become perhaps more contentious and politicised as time has passed. The Japanese government has expressed its deep remorse and heartfelt apology for wartime actions – though the current prime minister has not quite repeated that apology – and acknowledged that many non-combatants were killed. But it questions the death toll, and Japanese rightwingers deny war crimes happened at all. History is no comfort to the dead, of course. History may not even prevent itself from being repeated. In Aleppo, never again has happened again: chemical weapons, barrel bombs, and now reports – via the UN human rights office – of pro-government forces killing civilians, including children, on the spot. Yet history matters, and not only for the faint prospect that the guilty may one day face justice for their actions. The truth is never enough, but the truth must be acknowledged.

The Guardian view on the Nanjing massacre: remembering war crimes  13 December 2016 

Nanjing massacre survivor records testimony December 26, 2016

The acknowledgment of Nanjing Massacre by Japanese contemporary best-selling author Haruki Murakami in his new novel represents the voices of justice and conscience, and provides an introspective insight into the historic event from a moral perspective, Chinese expert pointed out.

In his latest novel titled “Kishidancho Goroshi”, or “Killing Commendatore”, Murakam showed his introspection over the war of aggression waged by Japan against China and the Nanjing Massacre by describing the cruel history part.
The novel, which was published in Japan on February 24, put him under fire from some ultra-right wing factions in Japan, but earned plaudits from many Chinese citizens.

“Yes. It’s the Nanjing Massacre. Japan seized the city of Nanjing after fierce battles and killed a lot of people there, both during the battles and after that. The Japanese troops had no time for the captives, so they killed most of the surrendered soldiers and civilians,” writes Murakami through the voice of the neighbor in the book.

“…for the exact number of civilian victims (of the Nanjing Massacre), debates existed among historians. But generally, it is not in dispute that the majority of residents were embroiled and killed in the war,” the novelist continued.
He adds that some put the Chinese death toll at 400,000, while others say it was 100,000. “But what difference does it make?” he questioned in the book.
The question raised by Murakami, as a world renowned Japanese writer, says the nature of the event and shows a respect to human being’s rights to live, Zhu Chengshan, former curator of the Memorial Hall of the Victims in Nanjing Massacre by Japanese Invaders, told the People’s Daily, adding that it represents the voices of justice and conscience.
Murakami’s question touched the nerves of those who attempt to deny the existence of Nanjing Massacre, Zhu said, stressing that they want to do so because of their twisted and sick conception of history.
The Nanjing Massacre is a world-acknowledged brutal and inhuman crime committed by Japanese troops against Chinese civilians and soldiers in Nanjing during the World War II.
In 1948, The International Military Tribunal for the Far East, also known as the Tokyo Trials, affirmed that the number of murdered Chinese residents and captives was over 200,000, not counting the around 150,000 bodies deserted in Yangtze River, buried in the mass grave or disposed in other ways.
Zhu pointed out that the hidden agenda of those who stoked the debate on the exact number of Chinese victims in the mass murder was to deny the existence of Nanjing Massacre, hence further denying the fact that Japan had invaded China.

Experts Hails Haruki Murakami’s Recognition of Nanjing Massacre Mar 11, 2017

The Horrific Nanking Massacre

The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II is a bestselling 1997 non-fiction book written by Iris Chang about the 1937–1938 Nanking Massacre. The book presents the view that the Japanese government has not done enough to redress the atrocities. It is one of the first major English-language books to introduce the Nanking Massacre to Western and Eastern readers alike, and has been translated into several languages.[1]
The book was a source of fame for Chang but was also controversial; it was received with both acclaim and criticism by the public and by academics. It has been praised as a work that "shows more clearly than any previous account" the extent and brutality of the episode,[2] while at the same time it was criticized as "seriously flawed" and "full of misinformation and harebrained explanations".[3] Chang's research on the book was credited with the finding of the diaries of John Rabe and Minnie Vautrin, both of whom played important roles in the Nanking Safety Zone, a designated area in Nanjing that protected Chinese civilians during the Nanking Massacre.[4]
The book prompted AOL executive Ted Leonsis to fund and produce Nanking, a 2007 documentary film about the Nanking Massacre.[5]
The book depicted in detail the killing, torture, and rape that occurred during the Nanking Massacre. Chang listed and described the kinds of torture that were visited upon the residents, including live burialsmutilation, "death by fire", "death by ice", and "death by dogs". Based on the testimony of a survivor of the massacre, Chang also described a killing contest amongst a group of Japanese soldiers to determine who could kill the fastest.[20] On the rape that occurred during the massacre, Chang wrote that "certainly it was one of the greatest mass rapes in world history." She estimated that the number of women raped ranged from 20,000 to as many as 80,000,[21] and stated that women from all classes were raped, including Buddhist nuns.[22] Furthermore, rape occurred in all locations and at all hours,[23] and both very young and very old women were raped.[24] Not even pregnant women were spared, Chang wrote, and that after gang rape, Japanese soldiers "sometimes slashed open the bellies of pregnant women and ripped out the fetuses for amusement".[25] Not all rape victims were women, according to the book, Chinese men were sodomized and forced to perform repulsive sexual acts.[26] Some were forced to commit incest—fathers to rape their own daughters, brothers their sisters, sons their mothers.[27]

The Rape of Nanking (book) Wikipedia

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