Japanese war criminal confesses to killing civilians

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Kasa Jitsu, a Japanese war criminal, confessed he had killed disarmed Chinese soldiers and civilians during Japan's aggression war against China, according to archives.

Kasa Jitsu [File photo]

China's State Archives Administration (SAA) on Friday published the confession of the war criminal, who was born in Japan's Fukuoka Prefecture in 1906.

He came to China in 1939, and served as finance officer of the puppet government office in Linfen County, and puppet government's counselor in Huguan County of north China's Shanxi Province.

In November 1939, Kasa captured two Chinese soldiers in Henan Province, and because they could not walk during the journey, he stabbed them to death.

From Nov. 25, 1943 to Aug. 15, 1945 while he was "government counselor" of Huguan, "150 civilians were starved to death because of the theft of grain and materials for light and heavy industries."

The Japanese "stole a total of 5,435,000 kilograms of millet, sorghum, wheat and corn from one city and 58 villages, as well as about 4,000 kilograms of wool, about 500 sheepskins and about 30 cattle-hides," according to the confession.

In December 1943, while Kasa was leading troops to assault Tuhe Village in Huguan, he "captured a militiaman who was sleeping in the guard house to the south of the village."

The confession continued, "I gave him to Lieutenant Matsuda. At around 2 p.m. the next day he was killed by Warrant Officer Harada."

In February 1945, he arrested a Chinese person surnamed Chen, who was the director of the Education Department of the local government, as well as Zhang Shida, principal of Xinmin Primary School, and six other civil servants.

He ordered the county magistrate to "kill the above-mentioned guys".

In February 1945, he ordered the assault on Liuzhai Village, "burning to death 14 villagers in a house".

In March 1945, he ordered subordinates to assault Sanwangtou Village in Huguan, and "the Japanese soldiers used light machine guns to shoot local people, killing 19 civilians," the confession said.

The SAA is publishing 45 Japanese war criminal confessions. It has been issuing one a day since July 3.

The move follows denials of war crimes in China by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and right-wing politicians.

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