Tokyo’s far-right governor Shintaro Ishihara (石原 慎太郎) has come out in support of the controversial remarks made by Nagoya mayor Takashi Kawamura two weeks ago, denying that the Nanking Massacre ever took place. When asked by a journalist at a press conference what he thought of Kawamura’s remarks, Ishiharo said, “Ah, Nanking [Massacre], eh. I think what he said was right.”
“Let me make it clear,” he added, “It would have been absolutely impossible for the Japanese army to kill 400,000 people with that equipment in that period of time.”
This would not be Ishihara’s first denial of the Nanking Massacre. In 1990, Ishihara said in an interview with Playboy, ”People say that the Japanese made a holocaust but that is not true. It is a story made up by the Chinese. It has tarnished the image of Japan, but it is a lie.”
Ishiharo has also publicly backed the film The Truth about Nanjing, (南京の真実) an upcoming documentary by Japanese filmmaker Satoru Mizushima intended to expose alleged propaganda about the Nanking Massacre.
Meanwhile, the city of Nanjing has suspended its sister-city relationship with Nagoya, in a move backed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. State-owned newspaper Global Times has also called for sanctions on Kawamura.