After World War 2, Nazi war criminals were trialed, prosecuted and jailed.
Not so for Japanese war criminals. The brutality of war crimes committed by the Japanese army prior to and during WW2 was so brutal, that the leading Nazi in Shanghai actually wrote to Adolf Hitler and asked him to “stop his barbarian friends”.
Iris Chang uncovered that information and wrote about it in her book The Rape of Nanjing.
This is a quote from The History Page : “In December of 1937, the Japanese Imperial Army marched into China’s capital city of Nanking and proceeded to murder 300,000 out of 600,000 civilians and soldiers in the city. 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.”
Why is this relevant now?
From the Global Times:
“A Japanese hotel chain is allegedly to have provided books which openly deny the Nanjing Massacre in China and forced prostitution in Korea during World War II, sparking outrage on Chinese social media.
The books are written under the pen name Seiji Fuji by Toshio Motoya, CEO of the APA Group which runs the hotels.
A hotel staffer told the Global Times that the books could be found in drawers in every APA hotel room in Japan and are available for sale.
Motoya, 73, is also the deputy director of a support group for Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and the “right wing” background of the hotel previously has been exposed on Japanese social media. ”
This situation is like Germany running a chain of hotels which has books available saying the Holocaust never happened. Imagine the outrcry.
If you are planning a trip to Japan, please consider not staying at any hotels owned by the APA chain.
WordPress has kindly deleted the ability to post in the old format, and the new format will not allow me to click on the link. so here are the links:
The History Page : http://www.historyplace.com/worldhistory/genocide/nanking.htm
Eyewitness account: http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/nanking.htm
The Global Times: http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1029109.shtml