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Should Japan Apologise Officially To China For the Nanjing Massacre?

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Should Japan Apologise Officially To China For the Nanjing Massacre? China; a country with one of the world's fastest growing economies, also known as being an 'unforgiving' country towards events that occurred in the past. Japan; a highly technologically advanced country, also a very proud country where apologies are absolute. 300,000 Chinese deaths. China wants an official, handwritten apology from Japan due to the six week long mass murdering of Chinese by Japanese troops in the 1930's, but should they get one? The 'Nanjing Massacre' was a brutal attack on China's Nationalist capital Nanking (now called Nanjing) ...read more.

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Additionally many had their bodies mutilated and many more were slaughtered. In the non-fictional book entitled The Rape of Nanking, Iris Chang cited a soldier's recollection that stated: "It would be all right if we only raped them. I shouldn't say all right. But we always stabbed and killed them. Because dead bodies don't talk ... Perhaps when we were raping her, we looked at her as a woman, but when we killed her, we just thought of her as something like a pig." This recollection not only tells us the Japanese troops had no respect for the women and merely thought of them as toys at most, but moreover they knew what they were doing was wrong, yet they continued to do it. ...read more.

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For this reason, all the military-aged men amongst the refugees in Nanjing were captured, whether they had been soldiers or not. In one case, Chang tells us of how the prisoners were starved of food and water for days but were promised food and work. After this treatment which would last several days, the weak and malnourished men would be herded away and killed in grotesque games. Many horrific photographs have been found of the Japanese troops smiling while performing such repulsive acts. Do you not think this is awful? It could be categorised with the holocaust in my opinion. This also adds strain to Japan's relations with China. China was, and still is, enraged by this attack. ...read more.

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