Ja­panese con­fes­sions of atroc­i­ties pub­lished

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA -

A se­lec­tion of writ­ten con­fes­sions by Ja­panese war crim­i­nals af­ter World War II has been pub­lished in book form in China, with most of the ar­chives avail­able to the pub­lic for the first time, the State Ar­chives Ad­min­is­tra­tion said on Tues­day.

Ja­pan sur­ren­dered un­con­di­tion­ally in 1945.

From 1950 to 1956, 1,109 Ja­panese war crim­i­nals re­mained in prison in Fushun, Liaon­ing prov­ince, and Taiyuan, Shanxi prov­ince. The book in­cludes pho­to­copies of their hand­writ­ten con­fes­sions and de­tailed records of their in­ter­ro­ga­tions and tri­als. The doc­u­ments serve as ir­refutable ev­i­dence of Ja­pan’s heinous crimes against China dur­ing the war, the ad­min­is­tra­tion said.

The writ­ten con­fes­sions de­tailed crimes such as the killing, en­slave­ment and poi­son­ing of Chi­nese peo­ple. The pris­on­ers also con­fessed to us­ing bac­te­rial and chem­i­cal weapons, con­duct­ing bi­o­log­i­cal tests on live hu­mans and set­ting up mil­i­tary broth­els with sex slaves for the Ja­panese army.

The book in­cludes con­fes- sions by 842 pris­on­ers, com­piled in 120 vol­umes. The first 50 vol­umes were pub­lished in Au­gust 2015.

The book, pub­lished by Zhonghua Book Co, com­prises the orig­i­nal pho­to­copied texts in Ja­panese, along with sup­ple­ments, cor­rec­tions, post­scripts and the text of Chi­nese trans­la­tions made at the time. English trans­la­tions of ab­stracts are pre­sented be­fore each writ­ten con­fes­sion.

from Ja­pan were im­pris­oned in Fushun and Taiyuan from 1950 to 1956. BRICS na­tions’ strong role in global science de­vel­op­ment is be­com­ing more ev­i­dent.” Wan Gang, min­is­ter of science and tech­nol­ogy

BRICS coun­tries ac­count for 42 per­cent of the world’s pop­u­la­tion, 18 per­cent of the world’s GDP, 17 per­cent of to­tal re­search fund­ing and 27 per­cent of all pub­lished science pa­pers, Wan said.

“BRICS na­tions’ strong role in global science de­vel­op­ment is be­com­ing more ev­i­dent,” he said. “More mul­ti­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion and ex­changes at all lev­els are ben­e­fi­cial in un­lock­ing the sci­en­tific po­ten­tial of each mem­ber na­tion.”

BRICS na­tions will pro­mote train­ing and ex­changes for young sci­en­tists, en­cour­age young en­trepreneurs to in­no­vate and share their ex­pe­ri­ences, and sup­port the role of fe­male sci­en­tists in science and in­no­va­tion.

China re­cently held the sec­ond BRICS Youth Sci­en­tists Fo­rum in Hangzhou, and many great ideas emerged, Wan said. Some of the pro­pos­als from the fo­rum will be in­cor­po­rated into the BRICS sum­mit sched­uled for Sept 3 to 5 in Xi­a­men, Fu­jian prov­ince.

South Africa will host the next BRICS science and tech­nol­ogy min­is­te­rial meet­ing.

Naledi Pan­dor, South Africa’s science min­is­ter, said her coun­try will build on the solid foun­da­tion of BRICS co­op­er­a­tion, and carry out the ac­tion plans agreed to at the Hangzhou meet­ing.

South Africa is now work­ing with China to es­tab­lish science parks, she said. “We would like to draw ex­pe­ri­ence from China about build­ing in­cu­ba­tors be­cause we be­lieve this can lead to more in­no­va­tion.”


A tur­tle crawls to­ward the sea as work­ers from the Ningbo Mar­itime Wildlife Res­cue Cen­ter watch and take photos in waters off Xiang­shan port in Zhe­jiang prov­ince on Tues­day. The tur­tle was res­cued by the cen­ter from a pri­vate owner in April and re­leased into the wild af­ter it re­cov­ered from mal­nu­tri­tion.

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