||Tuesday, January 25, 2000|
||Japanese denial of Nanjing Massacre
||Published: January 25,
The China Post
||t is deplorable and outrageous that a group of
rightists held a conference in Osaka on Sunday questioning
Nanjing Massacre which they called "the biggest lie of the
To deny the atrocities committed by
imperial army after the fall of the city is an act of
reflects Japan's lack of courage to face history. There are
many living witnesses to the massacre, in which more than
Chinese people, including women and children, were
raped and maimed by rampaging Japanese soldiers.
the Chinese people are indignant. Most Japanese regret that
conference was allowed to take place at all. "The people
there was no Nanjing Massacre, including the organizers of
conference, are the people who would maintain that Japan's
mainland China was legitimate, that it was not an invasion,"
Tokushi Kasahara, a professor of Chinese modern history at
University in Tokyo."
All wars are tragic, as they
untold suffering to the people. Nazi Germany committed
against the Jews during World War II, but the Germans did
the existence of the Holocaust. In contrast, many Japanese
reluctant to face the history of the last World War and are
to whitewash the crimes against humanity. The Japanese
for instance, has refused to admit the existence of not only
Nanjing Massacre, but also the hundreds of Korean and
comfort women forced to serve as sex slaves for Japanese
Denials of past atrocities by Japanese rightists as
by certain Japanese government officials attest to the fact
Japan as a whole is unwilling to face its past and repent
wrongdoing. For years, the Japanese government has tried to
telling Japanese students the truth about its invasion of
China and of other parts of Asia during World War II, and
fail to mention that dishonorable portion of their history.
But efforts to disguise such horrible crimes do not
not change the undeniable historical data. Such facts are
recorded and documented, and are part of contemporary
Fortunately, there are still many conscientious and honest
people, including well-known historians, who have come
refute the absurd views held by a handful of narrow-minded,
extremist nationalists who are trying to negate history.
efforts will prove futile because the annals of history tell
lies. To say that Nanjing Massacre was a "big lie" is in
biggest lie of the 20th century."