The most recent turn in the eternal tête-à-tête between China and Japan comes with China’s announcement that it ‘might’ send to the UNESCO heritage project recently disclosed documents detailing cruelties dealt by the Japanese military during the 1937 Nanjing Massacre, otherwise known as the Rape of Nanking. This is a clear counter to Japan’s recent attempts to get a UNESCO listing for kamikaze pilots’ farewell letters to their families.
This latest move rides the tails of a two-day propaganda campaign where officials invited members of the foreign press to tour the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall in the nation’s former capitol to remind assholes like Naoki Hyukata that yes, this event really did take place and no, China has not forgotten about it.
In a quote probably best accompanied by some condescending finger wagging, Wang Han, deputy curator of the Nanjing Archives, said that “Japan has repeatedly denied historical facts…We have to make the international community aware of the facts.”
The media tour concluded with the testimony of 83-year-old survivor Xia Shuqin, who described how she escaped being killed by “crawling out under dead bodies.”
As to whether or not the Nanjing Massacre papers will actually be sent to UNESCO, Wang provided the following delightfully vague statement, saying that “we have the intention [to do so] and we will see what steps have to be taken.”
Japanese PM Shinzo Abe spoke to parliament in Tokyo about Japan’s history of being a complete dick, saying how his government would stand by past apologies:
“As I’ve said before, in the past many nations, especially those in Asia, suffered great damage and pain due to our nation. Our government recognizes this, as have the governments that have gone before, and will continue this stance.”
By Alex Stevens