Japan Urged to Face History

A group of Japanese mourned for Chinese victims at the of Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall Wednesday in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province.

Together with them were historians from China, Japan and the Republic of Korea, who held an academic seminar on the issue of Japanese history textbooks and the Nanjing Massacre Wednesday in the city.

The scholars condemned Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visit to the Yasukuni Shrine. They said that they believed that it was necessary to further disclose the truth of the Nanjing Massacre committed by Japanese invaders during the Second World War.

Some college students in northwest China's Gansu Province lodged a protest against the Japanese prime minister's shrine visit.

Meanwhile, an album of photographs exposing Japanese aggression in China has been discovered in Quanzhou City in east China's Fujian Province.

The 21-page album, with a cartoon cover, is a collection of photographs showing war crimes committed by Japanese soldiers in Jinan City, capital of east China's Shandong Province, in 1928.

An overseas Chinese brought it to China from the Philippines in the 1930s.

Over 1,000 elderly people in northeast China's Liaoning Province have written articles denouncing the Japanese imperialists' criminal act of aggression against China.

Researcher Qi Hongshen has sent out some 25,000 questionnaires and 8,000 letters since 1995 trying to collect evidence related to the aggression.

More pictures, documents and books about the Japanese invasion of China have been discovered recently in Beijing. All of them were compiled by Japanese and printed in Japan.

(People.com.cn 08/16/2001)

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