Hundreds of peacemakers from China and Japan held a rally at the Memorial Hall for the Victims of the Nanjing Massacre on Saturday to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II on August 15, 1945, as well as to mourn the victims of the massacre and pray for world’s peace.
“We came here with a clear aim. As the Nanjing Massacre happened during Japan’s aggression in China, and it’s barely mentioned in our text books, and not many people in Japan know about it, we bring our people here to learn and study this part of history every August 15th, hoping to let more people know about it,” said Tamaki Matsuoka, the leader of Japanese delegation.
Yesterday, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his “deepest remorse” and “sincere condolences” to Japan’s wartime victims during his televised speech a day before the 70th anniversary of Japan’s defeat in World War II.
However, he angered Chinese observers by not giving an original apology and adding that future generations should not have to burdened by apologizing.
Back in May, China’s State Council announced that September 3 will be a national holiday to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, or more directly, the allied victory over Japan.
By Lucy Liu
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