The Nanjing Massacre: 71 years later

Visitors to the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Museum in Nanjing, Jiangsu, China, step on a hand-made Japanese military flag on the 71st anniversary of the Nanjing Massacre.

I had an hour or two spare this morning before another shoot and decided to check out the annual commemoration of the start of the Nanjing Massacre at the huge and breathtaking Nanjing Massacre Memorial Museum. Not nearly as big a news event this year as last (a small edit of my previous photos), the event today was well-attended and somber.

Today was the 71st anniversary of the beginning of the Rape of Nanking (or the Nanjing Massacre), in which Japanese troops took over the then-capital and went on a 6 week rampage. Japan and China present different histories of the time. Tensions run high on the day and there’s a strong anti-Japanese sentiment in China. I’ve read some reports saying that anti-Japanese sentiment, especially among the youth, has been stronger recently than say 5, 10, or 20 years ago. The Chinese government has been trying to quell public displays of the sentiment and not fan the flames too much themselves; everybody wants peace and everybody wants the valuable economic ties between the two countries. I believe Japan hasn’t apologized for the deaths–the Chinese claim 300,000 dead many of whom were women and children–and China keeps trotting out more evidence and emotionally charged reminders of the event (the Nanjing Massacre Museum itself is pretty over the top in displaying how brutal the Japanese troops were); just this week the Chinese government unveiled another 800 pieces of what it calls evidence of war crimes committed by the Japanese troops. A few months ago it was a Japanese diplomat saying that the Massacre Museum lays the blame and hate on too thickly, officially asking the government to tone down the museum.

A girl holds a memorial banner outside the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Museum in Nanjing, Jiangsu, China, on the 71st anniversary of the start the Nanjing Massacre. Visitors to the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Museum in Nanjing, Jiangsu, China, enter the museum grounds on the 71st anniversary of the start of the Nanjing Massacre. Actors perform in a theatrical re-enactment of the Nanjing Massacre at the  Nanjing Massacre Memorial Museum in Nanjing, Jiangsu, China, on the 71st anniversary of the start of the Nanjing Massacre. Members of the Chinese People's Army gather outside the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Museum in Nanjing, Jiangsu, China, after a ceremony commemorating the 71st anniversary of the Nanjing Massacre. Visitors to the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Museum in Nanjing, Jiangsu, China, wait for the museum to open on the 71st anniversary of the start of the Nanjing Massacre. Actors perform in a theatrical re-enactment of the Nanjing Massacre at the  Nanjing Massacre Memorial Museum in Nanjing, Jiangsu, China, on the 71st anniversary of the start of the Nanjing Massacre. Excavated human remains lay on display in the Memorial Hall of the Grave of 10,000 Corpses at the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Museum in Nanjing, Jiangsu, China.

One Response to “The Nanjing Massacre: 71 years later”

  1. Green tea

    問い

    question
     日本で何故南京事件の否定派が増えたのか?
     是在日本為何南京事件的否定派增加的?
     why has the number of negative sects of
      the nanking massacre increased in japan?
     
    答え
    回答
    answer
     多分、次の本が出版されたからであろう
     大概,下面的書被出版了吧
     it is perhaps because the following book is published.
     
     この本は國民党の機密文書に基づいている
     這個書按照國民黨的機密文件
     this book is based on the confidential document
      of the guomindang(chinese nationalist party).

    ===========================================================
    『南京事件 “証拠写真” を検証する』
      http://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/reader/4794213816/ref=sib_dp_pt/503-7152288-3875968#reader-link
     
     の英語版の抜粋
      英語版的摘錄
     
      analyzing the “photographic evidence”
        of the nanking massacre
     
       ( → http://www.sdh-fact.com/CL02_1/26_S4.pdf )
       ( → http://www.soshisha.com/book_search/detail/1_1381.html )
        參考  http://www.soshisha.com/book_search/detail/1_1488.html )
     
     
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