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.