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Wednesday, February 16, 2000, updated at 09:28(GMT+8)
World Japanese Official Admits Naking Massacre in Washington Post

The Washington Post published a letter on Tuesday from an official of the Japanese Embassy in Washington, D.C., admitting the historical fact of the "Nanking Massacre" by Japanese Imperial forces in Nanking, China, during World War II.

The letter, which was signed by Kazuo Kodama, public affairs minister at the embassy, also denied reports that Japan has eliminated this historical fact from its textbooks.

Kodama further said that the organizers of a Jan. 24 conference in Osaka, which was called to denounce the "lie" of the massacre, do not represent the position of the Japanese government, adding that the organizers' stance also does not conform with the opinions of the majority of the Japanese people.

The letter states that the massive slaughter and pillage carried out by Japanese Imperial forces in Nanking during World War II is "an undeniable fact." Japanese Foreign Minister Yohei Kono and other Japanese officials have expressed the same stance.

The Japanese government uses textbooks to educate the younger generation about the "damage and suffering" caused by Japan's invasion of its neighboring countries, Kodama said.

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