Buddhist assembly held to remember Nanjing Massacre victims

15:12, December 13, 2010      

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Buddhist monks from China and Japan held a religious assembly Monday in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, to remember the victims of the Nanjing Massacre.

Participants in the ceremony at the Memorial Hall of the Victims of the Nanjing Massacre included 15 monks from six Buddhist temples in Japan and more than 50 monks and Buddhist believers from China.

Thirty Massacre survivors and relatives of victims also attended.

The monks chanted Buddhist scriptures of mourning and prayed for peace.

Aori Take Shuna, abbot of Japan's Reiunti Temple, read a poem he wrote to honor the dead and prayed for long-term friendship between the peoples of China and Japan.

Yamauchi Sayoko, who was a representative of a sect of Japanese Buddhism, said at the assembly that the people of Japan, which invaded and occupied China in the 1930s and 1940s, were deeply regretful for the victims of the war and sincerely hoped such a tragedy would never be repeated.

Monday was the 73rd anniversary of the Nanjing Massacre.

She Ziqing, a 78-year-old survivor who attended the ceremony, said, "On the anniversary each year, I miss my family, who were cruelly murdered by Japanese invaders. I hope all Massacre victims can rest in peace."

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