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Chinese people's feelings cannot be hurt

By Zhong Sheng (People's Daily)

09:21, February 27, 2012

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

Kawamura Takashi, mayor of Nagoya, Japan is considered conscienceless and ignorant for his publicly denial of the Nanjing Massacre. He not only refused to apologize for his words and deeds which seriously hurt the Chinese people's feelings, but even impudently claimed his hope of maintaining the friendly relations with Nanjing.

The Chinese people are willing to maintain friendly relations with peoples of the world. However, friendship is based on principles, and forgetting history means betrayal. In fact, the essence of the disputes over historical facts is a battle between justice and evil. The Chinese people are always unequivocal to the questions relating to the national dignity.

The Chinese government and Nanjing officials have shown their solemn and just stand. Numerous Chinese Internet users also expressed their anger by announcing Kawamura Takashi as "persona non grata" and boycotting travels to Nagoya. As the mayor, Kawamura Takashi's remarks in formal official occasions were not made in his so called personal capacity. No wonder the Chinese people are so resentful at Kawamura Takashi.

According to reports, by the evening of Feb. 21, the Nagoya municipal government had received 80 "public opinions", among which 55 agreed with Kawamura Takashi's denial of the Nanjing Massacre, and 25 opposed. The absolute quantities of the two numbers were not large enough to serve as the basis for public opinion survey, but it indicated Kawamura Takashi's irresponsible remarks were not an isolated phenomenon. It indeed has certain social basis in Japan.

As a nation, Japan lacks of thorough introspections to face the history of aggression or to redeem their hearts. Such viewpoints from the world have been repeatedly reinforced by a serial of events in Japan, such as the revision of history textbooks, and Junichiro Koizumi's visits to the Yasukuni Shrine. Kawamura Takashi and his supporters have increased the disorder of international community once again.

Japan must pay the price for denying the historical facts of launching aggressive wars against China and hurting the feelings of Chinese people. It is time for Japan to take its responsibilities not only for history, but for the China-Japan relationship now and in the future.

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PD User at 2012-03-0360.48.96.*
Forget him, he is still living in yesteryearsCHINA don't have to influence others, the influence automate itself. Because CHINA is so huge and is a GREAT Nation from ancient times until end of time.
ASEAN at 2012-03-02220.255.2.*
@// (IP:125.35.87), why the West and USA in particular always think their system of so call democracy system is the best when their economic is collapsing right in front of our eyes ? Why the USA is always have phobia of every countries on earth. In the 50s, they fear of the Russian because they are more advance than them and is the first to send man to space, in the 70s they fear on the rise of Japan and now they fear of the rapid development of China. Let me tell you, if ever India develop further, USA would also be fearful of India. So whose fault is that ? You decide.
PD User at 2012-03-0260.190.148.*
Yes, that was 1983. It is sad to see how many people are still living like it"s 1983. Or 1949. Or 1937. Or the 1800s.
// at 2012-03-02125.35.87.*
why is that Chinese thinkers considers them alway right, and others always wrong,,Chine urgently needs introspection,,otherwise 21st century would not be an ASIAN century,,
ASEAN at 2012-03-01220.255.1.*
I was in Japan in 1983. I met a Japanese whose age was around 50 years old at that point in time and he had proudly said something like this through an interpreter “ We are the one that had helped you drive out the white from your country and you had gained independent because of the bravery of our Japanese soldiers. These soldiers had sacrificed their lives for many countries in Asia.” When I heard that I just lost my temper and told him that the people in our country dislike the Japanese. He was shocked and taken aback with my swift and very unfriendly respond. But I did not regret in the way I had spoken because the Japanese soldiers had massacred hundred of thousands of innocents in the whole of Asia and it is only right that I as an individual tried to tell them the truth of what the Japanese government and soldiers had done during WWII. The whole generations of Japanese before and after the war were make to believe that they are in Asia to liberate the natives from the white. They had whitewash their history books.

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