Abstract of Suzuki Keiku's confession

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The confessions, signed by the war criminals, are hard evidence of the heinous crimes committed by Japanese imperialism against the Chinese.

Suzuki Keiku

According to the written confession of Suzuki Keikuin July 1954, he was born in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan in 1890 and went to northeast China in 1934 to join the Japanese War of Aggression against China, serving as assistant commander of the 28th Infantry Regiment. In April 1945, he became lieutenant general and commander of the 117th Division. He was captured in Jilin on 31August 1945.

Major offences:

Around June 1934: "killed two Chinese peasants" in Jinzhou;

Around early March 1935: assisted Colonel Takagi in "burning down two villages with a total of 300 households near Shangban City and killing many Chinese people";

September 1940: "used poison gas to brutally kill all" of the 50 or so anti-Japanese soldiers hidden indoor in a battle in Xuancheng, Anhui;

1941: set up a comfort station in Chaoxian County, Anhui and abducted 20 "Chinese and Korean women as comfort women";

November 1941: in an attack on the Eighth Route Army in Zaoqiang, Hebei, "killed 10 soldiers, burned down two villages with around 600 households, and also slaughtered 100 Chinese peasants";

December 1941: "forced inhabitants" "in the area within 2 kilometers of the Great Wall" "to relocate and made the area a depopulated zone";

January 1942: ordered Colonel Taisuke to "burn down the houses of about 800 households and slaughter 1,000 Chinese peasants in a mop-up operation" in Tangshan area;

April 1942: in Tianguanying, Fengrun, Hebei, "brutally killed soldiers of the Eighth Route Army and used poison gas in an attack to murder about 100 cadres and soldiers of the Eighth Route Army in the caves in Lujiayu" and "cruelly killed 235 Chinese peasants seeking refuge in a village near Lujiayu (cutting open the bellies of pregnant women among them), burned down houses of about 800 households, killed 5captives to be delivered to Yutian, and raped as many as100 women";

July 1942: in Fengrun, "burned down civilian houses of around 500 households and brutally killed about 100 Chinese peasants";

From September to December 1942: in order to "create depopulated zones, i.e. to force all the residents to move out" of regions including Qian’an and Zunhua, "burned down the houses of over 10,000 households in those regions, forced tens of thousands of people to relocate and also massacred many people";

October 1942: "murdered 1,280 peasants in Daizhuang Village, Panjia, Luanxian County in such cruel ways like shooting, bayoneting, slashing and burying alive, and burned down the houses of all 800 households in the village";

1942: ordered "to set up comfort stations in all" regions where Japanese troops were stationed and "to lure about 60 Chinese women to serve as comfort women";

May 1944: in Xinxiang, Henan, "attacked anti-Japanese guerrilla forces and killed around 10 of their soldiers, burned down about 300 houses in villages close to the battlefield, and killed about 100 Chinese peasants";

July 1944: in Fengqiu, Henan, "killed about 40 soldiers of the anti-Japanese guerrilla forces, burned down a neighboring village of about 400 households, and killed about 100 Chinese peasants";

August 1944: "attacked and killed about 10 soldiers" of the anti-Japanese troops in Huaiqing, Henan, "burned down farmhouses of about 400 households, and brutally killed some 30 Chinese people";

November 1944: "I ordered the infantry to invade the southern part of Linxian County, and, when the troops were pulling out of the region, I ordered the Epidemic Prevention and Water Supply Squad to spread cholera virus in three or four villages. Afterwards, I received a report saying that ‘more than 100 Chinese people in Linxian were infected with cholera, and the death toll was also high’"; after this, in a village in Changlu County, "burned down the houses of around 300 households and killed 660 Chinese peasants of the village in extremely brutal ways like shooting, bayoneting and burning"; "Also during this attack, 30 captives were killed by soldiers under my command.";

"In order to test the method of killing people with air injection, I ordered in spring 1945 the division field hospital in Huaiqing to "conduct an experiment, which is to test it on a hospitalized Chinese soldier of the Puppet County Guards with an extremely high price";

Spring 1945: "killed about 500 peasants and burned down the houses of all the 600 households" in a village in Huaiqing;

Around spring 1945: "burned down the houses of around 400 households in villages" near Jiaozuo, and "brutally killed some 100 Chinese peasants";

1945: "ordered to set up comfort stations in the regions occupied by the Japanese troops, and lured about 60 Chinese and Korean women to serve as comfort women";

Mid-July 1945: "invaded Liquan, and slaughtered about 40 Chinese people";

"During the aggression against China", and "based on my memory alone, 5,470 Chinese people were killed, and the houses of 18,229 Chinese households were burned down or damaged. The actual number (may) be much higher."

(Source: The State Archives Administration of China)

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