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FM slams denial of Nanjing Massacre

By Wang Chenyan (China Daily)

10:28, February 21, 2012

Nagoya mayor's claim over slaughter is 'nonsense', says history expert

BEIJING - China does not accept Nagoya Mayor Takashi Kawamura's denial of the crime of the Nanjing Massacre, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said at a regular news briefing on Monday.

Hong emphasized that there is irrefutable evidence regarding the Nanjing Massacre and China hopes Japan "takes history as a mirror", urging Tokyo to properly deal with historical problems.

Kawamura, head of the Nagoya municipal government, told Liu Zhiwei, a member of the Communist Party of China Nanjing City Standing Committee, that he thought the massacre of civilians by Japanese troops in 1937 never took place.

"There were regular combative activities, but I believe the Nanjing (Massacre) never happened," he said.

The Japanese army slaughtered more than 300,000 men, women and children when they invaded Nanjing, then the capital of China.

Japan's government said "the killing of a large number of noncombatants, looting and other acts" cannot be denied, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan in the "Historical Issues Q&A" section of its website.

Kawamura declared his doubts because he said his father was "welcomed" by people in Nanjing when the war ended eight years later.

The 63-years-old mayor's father Kaneo Kawamura was one of the soldiers guilty of the war crime.

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ASEAN at 2012-02-21220.255.2.*
The German government may had apologised for what happened in World War II after the war but the German people may not feel at all it was their fault. More than 20 years ago, I was working for a German company and the German Managing Director had said something like " Why everyone blamed us ? Hilter was an Austrian. Austrians are responsible, not German". Because of this, I then realised that Hilter was an Austrians and not Germans.
Tracker at 2012-02-21122.107.87.*
Like father, like son it seems.
PD User at 2012-02-2194.195.123.*
CK: I totally agree. Takashi is a moron and let"s not waste any time on him. He can go to hell!
CK at 2012-02-21124.82.102.*
If I am the FM of China, I would not even bother to respond to any denial from any hot air blown by any Japanese on second war world, untill the day they accept and appologise like what the Germans had done to the victims of second war world, the Japanese will carry the fear forever, so why bother about what they say, we are more concern with what they are going to do, just hope they learnt their lesson, and China whould be more magnanimous. Facts speak louder than words, its hisory.

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