Japanese war criminal confesses to torturing Chinese

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The confession of a Japanese war criminal published on Sunday detailed how he participated in the capture, torture and persecution of Chinese people during Japan's war of aggression against China.

The confession is the latest in a series published on the website of China's State Archives Administration (SAA).

According to Saburo Shimamura, who served as a member of the secret service apparatus of the "Manchukuo" in the 1930s and 1940s, he carried out the arrests of hundreds of Chinese people and assisted in some of their deaths.

In February 1939, Saburo gave the order to arrest more than 100 people involved in "an underground organization of the Communist Party in Yilan County."

Saburo said that "after interrogation with torture, one patriot died; another committed suicide by jumping into the Songhua River while being transported to Jiamusi," a place in today's Heilongjiang Province in northeast China.

In October 1939, Saburo "arrested more than 100 patriots who were determined to be involved in a prison uprising." Among them, more than 10 were sentenced to death.

In November, he tortured a Chinese person to death in Tangyuan County to acquire information about a Soviet agent living there.

From February to July 1941, "during my term in Zhaozhou County, I arrested a total of about 200, 70 of whom were sent to court and as many as 30 of them were sentenced to death," said Saburo's written confession.

This is the 32nd of 45 Japanese war criminal confessions the SAA plans to publish. It has been issuing one a day since July 3.

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

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