A photo showing that the Japanese invading troops were burying alive Chinese civilians and disarmed soldiers during the six-week long Nanjing Massacre has been found in Japan, the Asahi Shimbun reported Sunday.
The finding reversed the assertion made by some Japanese that a photo previously provided by the Chinese side was synthesized. The photo actually displays the same fact, but from a different angle.
In July 1938, the Chinese government published "The True Record of the Japanese Invaders' Atrocities". A picture entitled "Burying Alive" in the book was extensively cited as key evidence of the Japanese invading troops' barbarities during the Massacre, said the paper.
Some people in Japan, however, asserted that with no specified date or place, the photo was synthesized or faked.
The report came to a conclusion that with the finding of the photo, the mystery around the Nanjing Massacre has been cleared up.
(Xinhua News Agency September 14, 2008)