Ja­pa­nese right­ists’ move to deny Nan­jing Mas­sacre doomed to fail

China Daily (Canada) - - COMMENT -

for Nan­jing Mas­sacre Vic­tims. On Mon­day, a mon­u­ment for the vic­tims, the first of its kind over­seas, was un­veiled in Toronto, Canada. China Daily writer Zhang Zhoux­i­ang com­ments:

In Oc­to­ber 2017, the On­tario provin­cial par­lia­ment passed a mo­tion to for­mally memo­ri­al­ize the vic­tims of the Nan­jing Mas­sacre.

The move is a vic­tory for all peo­ple who vow to de­fend jus­tice and the his­tor­i­cal facts. It means that in­creas­ingly more over­seas res­i­dents are rec­og­niz­ing the crimes com­mit­ted by the mil­i­tary forces of im­pe­rial Ja­pan dur­ing World War II, which will make it more dif­fi­cult for any­one in Ja­pan to deny the his­tor­i­cal truth.

Just like Wang Haibin, an as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor of Ja­pa­nese stud­ies at the Univer­sity of In­ter­na­tional Busi­ness and Eco­nomics, said, there are many right-wing peo­ple in Ja­pan who equate their na­tion’s de­feat in the war only as the re­sult of its mis­take in not join­ing the West­ern al­liance. Some of them play tricks by try­ing to cover up what the Ja­pa­nese troops did in neigh­bor­ing coun­tries. The ex­is­tence of a mon­u­ment in a West­ern city will help to end any il­lu­sions some in Ja­pan might

have that peo­ple will for­get what hap­pened. We hope more mon­u­ments will be es­tab­lished else­where in the world.

Ac­tu­ally, China has taken many more mea­sures to make that part of his­tory known to the world, and the most im­por­tant one is try­ing to find out the names of all the vic­tims, said Zhou Yong­sheng, a pro­fes­sor of Ja­pa­nese stud­ies at China For­eign Af­fairs Univer­sity.

On Mon­day, 26 new names were added to the list of the vic­tims carved on the wall of re­mem­brance in­side the Me­mo­rial Hall of the Vic­tims in Nan­jing Mas­sacre by Ja­pa­nese In­vaders, and the to­tal num­ber of the names is now 10,664. “Ev­ery name of a vic­tim is a solid ev­i­dence to the Nan­jing Mas­sacre,” Zhou said. “More im­por­tantly, by try­ing to find out the name of ev­ery vic­tim in the mas­sacre, China is show­ing its re­spect to life and his­tory.”

That move will in turn en­sure that part of his­tory can never be dis­torted.

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