Copy­right Deals

Beijing Review - - This Week -

A to­tal of 5,262 copy­right deals were made between China and for­eign coun­tries at the 24th Beijing In­ter­na­tional Book Fair, which con­cluded on Au­gust 27. The num­ber sig­ni­fied a 4.9 per­cent in­crease year on year.

Of the deals, 3,244 cases were ex­port and part­ner­ship con­tracts, up 5.5 per­cent year on year, and 2,018 were im­port agree­ments with an an­nual in­crease of 3.9 per­cent.

Books for chil­dren and on lit­er­a­ture, cul­ture, ed­u­ca­tion, econ­omy and phi­los­o­phy were among the most pop­u­lar. More books were trans­lated into other lan­guages, such as French, Ja­panese, Rus­sian and Ara­bic.

The five-day book fair dis­played more than 10,000 books that had been pub­lished since the 18th Com­mu­nist Party of China Na­tional Congress at a sub-ex­hi­bi­tion hosted by the State Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Press, Pub­li­ca­tion, Ra­dio, Film and Tele­vi­sion.

The book fair at­tracted more than 2,500 ex­hibitors from 89 coun­tries and re­gions, with over­seas ex­hibitors ac­count­ing for 58 per­cent of the num­ber. on Au­gust 28.

Writ­ten in Chi­nese, Be­hind Bay­o­net­sandBarbedWire:the Se­cret­sofJa­pane­seArmyUnit731 , is by Ja­panese writer Nishisato Fuyuko, who pub­lished an­other book on Unit 731 in 2002.

Since her first book, Fuyuko has vis­ited Shenyang al­most every year and talked to vic­tims and Ja­panese sol­diers that served in the unit.

The book con­tains many pho­tographs and in­side sto­ries on how the unit con­ducted its ex­per­i­ments on live hu­man be­ings and traded data with the U.S. so as to be ex­empted from prose­cu­tion af­ter Ja­pan’s sur­ren­der.

Fuyuko said hu­mans must re­flect on their crimes. She wants the book to de­scribe his­tory, not spread ha­tred. “We should never make the same mis­take as our pre­de­ces­sors,” she said.

Unit 731 was a se­cret bi­o­log­i­cal and chem­i­cal war­fare re­search base of Ja­pan es­tab­lished in Harbin in 1935. It was the cen­ter of Ja­panese bi­o­log­i­cal war­fare in China and South­east Asia dur­ing World War II.

The unit con­ducted ex­per­i­ments on hu­mans alive to test germ and chem­i­cal weapons, among other atroc­i­ties. Many civil­ians and pris­on­ers of war from China, the then Soviet Union, the Korean Penin­sula and Mon­go­lia per­ished. Some of them were chil­dren.

Af­ter Ja­pan’s sur­ren­der in 1945, the unit hastily pulled out of China, with 3,000 Ja­panese chil­dren and some ex­per­i­men­tal equip­ment left be­hind. Many of those chil­dren were raised by Chi­nese fam­i­lies.

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