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December 13: remembering the Nanjing massacre, 1937–8 

My Facebook friend Andrew Lau, who heads several Chinese groups, reminded me of a tragic anniversary on December 13: the Rape of Nanking, when Japanese forces killed hundreds of thousands (300,000 to 600,000) as they advanced on the Chinese city. He and others suggest wearing red on this date.
   A bit of history:

The six weeks of carnage would become known as the Rape of Nanking and represented the single worst atrocity during the World War II era in either the European or Pacific theaters of war.

   On the event wall at Facebook, this comment from Jack He of Toronto, Ont. is important:

The purpose of remembering this event is to prevent such atrocities from happening in the future. However, in this event and the Nazi Holocaust, people become angry and vent their emotions on people around them. In some places Germans are still prejudiced against.
   Please keep that in mind. Most, if not all soldiers who commited these atrocities are long dead. Their children are not responsible for their actions. Keep this a peaceful demonstration.

   I can’t help but not the timing, how this 70th anniversary comes in the week right after Chiang Kai-shek’s name was removed from his memorial, downplaying his and the Allied contribution in winning the war.
   Prayers for the memories of the families affected, on both sides of the war, are welcome. It is clear that people have not healed from this brutal period in history.
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I think that it is important to remember this atrocity because we need to continually realize that human beings may kill and that governments are sometimes controlled by humans who will lie, cheat, steal and kill to achieve their aims. The French Revolution was the first Totalitarian Political Movement and a precursor to the Russian Revolution of 1917. The Japanese war machine is just another example of a totalitarian oligarchy that went to war to steal because of the human desire to covet power, to take property. I see hope in global trade as the peaceful pursuit of human needs. Adam Smith in his “The Wealth of Nations” observed how trade helps us achieve our ends peacefully.  
How true, Zak. We also need the reminder to be able to put current events into context, such as the issue with the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial. The idea that the Cold War is neatly won, for instance, is a fallacy, as the west has put its guard down while traditional enemies reassert themselves. Similarly, here, the Japanese Empire’s thirst for conquest then still has remnants in certain corporations, financiers and political groups. (Granted, they are not 100 per cent representative of the largely civilized and warm Japanese people.)  

 why has the number of negative sects of
  the nanking massacre increased in japan?
 it is perhaps because the following book is published.
 this book is based on the confidential document
  of the guomindang(chinese nationalist party).

『南京事件 "証拠写真" を検証する』
  analyzing the “photographic evidence”
    of the nanking massacre
   ( → http://www.sdh-fact.com/CL02_1/26_S4.pdf )
   ( → http://www.soshisha.com/book_search/detail/1_1381.html )
    參考  http://www.soshisha.com/book_search/detail/1_1488.html )
   charles cheung's blog
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