Japan should apologize for massacre of 300,000 Nanjing lives and more
December 14,2016   By:Xinhua

Dec. 14, 2016 -- Yi Cuilan stands in front of the house she rented in Nanjing, east China's Jiangsu Province, Nov. 25, 2016. Yi Cuilan, born on May 6, 1923, survived from the invasion of Japanese troops by pretending to be a boy, seeking asylum from different refugee camps. Although she escaped from death, she suffered from severe pains all these years due to the brutal assault by Japanese invaders. Japanese troops occupied eastern China's Nanjing on Dec. 13, 1937, and began a six-week massacre. Chinese records show more than 300,000 people -- not only disarmed soldiers but also civilians -- were brutally murdered and thousands of women raped. In the past 79 years, the number of survivors decreases. After Zhang Fuzhi, 89, passed away on Nov. 26, 2016, the number of the registered survivors reduced to 108. With hurt that are unable to heal and tragic memory of suffering, survivors are the witnesses of the massacre. (Xinhua/Li Xiang)
BEIJING, Dec. 14, 2016 -- It remains a crowning shame to mankind that the 107 survivors of the appalling carnage conducted by Tokyo in 1937 in the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing may never live to get their deserved official apology from the island country, even 79 years after it was defeated in World War II.
But their excruciating fate and that of other 300,000 innocent lives slaughtered by Japan merely in that one Chinese city still trigger cries for justice in and out of China. Upon the arrival of the third National Memorial Day for Nanjing Massacre Victims on Tuesday, local authorities and multinational institutions released a trove of new information and historical evidences confirming Japan's undeniable atrocities.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's response, to the outrage of all, has been merely "deep remorse." In his speech to the U.S. Congress last year and his announcement last week to pay a "reconciliatory" visit to Pearl Harbor, he again declined to issue an unequivocal apology even to the victims of Japan's most important post-war ally.
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