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I aspire to write for the China Daily. But i know my standard is too low. I will not pass China Daily's rigorous interview. But maybe if Yomiuri Shimbun will allow me to try, perhaps i can work in your 'illustrious' company instead. How about it? You want me to try and write the same article as you had so creatively done? OK, i will try now. Let me know what you think:
The Rape of Nanking Memorial Wakes Up Our National Conscience
The Yomiuri Shimbun
(draft by Mark Wu, candidate no: 300,001 for post of junior journalist, foreign affairs division)
Thursday will mark the 70th anniversary of the Nanking Massacre. Already 70 years have passed since this dark blotch on our national conscience took place. But this is a good time for both Japan and China to face up to history beyond the pat niceties of realpolitic diplomacy.
On Dec. 13, 1937, the Japanese Imperial Army entered and occupied Nanjing, the then capital of China. Many of the Chinese soldiers had left but those who had remained behind were rounded up, tied up and machine gunned in cold blood in groups of four so that their corpses would float down the Yangtze River as a telling message to those who continued to resist the glorious imperialism of Japan. Others were beheaded, speared, bayoneted, shot, buried alive. The works. So as to strike fear in the hearts of all nationals of China that resistance against our forces was futile, their women and children in that city were killed with complete wanton abandon; because we were conquerors, their women from young to old were raped, sodomized, speared, and then decapitated. Our japanese soldiers, who are after all japanese people in uniform, brutalised and killed without even referring to the Book of Musashi or the Code of Bushido. Foreign witnesses at the city later estimated at least 300,000 were so decimated in the most cold-blooded and brutal period in the entire history of the human race.
The management, editors and journalists of this newspaper, now rise where once we had bowed in prostration to the imperial and fascist japanese who still live on in our midsts. Enough-is-enough. We have tried to hide, deflect, minimize, erase and counter all the attempts so far to make our nation and people recognize clearly what we had done as a nation, as a people, as a race, to China and her people. What happened in Nanjing during that blood-drenched period was done by the hands of our forefathers, plain and simple. The uniforms they wore should not be made out to be a shield to reduce our collective guilt. The atomic bombs that convulsed our two cities should not be taken as sufficient quid pro quo for the acts of bestiality and brutality we had heaped onto China, a friendly neighbour who did not even have one iota to do with our restricted situation at that time. We must face up to our guilt in Nanjing, and the thousands of other cities, towns and villages all over half of China, during those years, no matter how far back they were.
We, Japan and the japanese people, have been guilty of turning our eyes and hearts and minds away from what was done under our flag to China. We must make amends in concrete terms to attone for the evils and crimes we had committed against China. We must stop being machines in the way we think and start to be as human and magnanimous to China as China has been to us without one break ever since that war unilaterally started by us on them on their grounds.
Let us all make our own way in a final resurrection of all our suppressed angst on our guilt. Time to find out for ourselves clearly and completely what we had done to them, time to make our pilgrimage to the Memorial and pay our deepest respects, shed our most solemn tears, recompense with our fullest hearts, all the suffering that China has had to bear from the hands of us the japanese. And as our businessmen, industrialists, financiers, government officials, militarists and newsmedia again take up with China, let us all collectively and individually remember what our nation had done to China, and treat our fellow Chinese business partners and friends better, more concretely and less calculatively. We know that they already know.
We who have so much pride in our own race should be the first in the world to have the pride to face up to our own guilt and crime and make fullest amends to China and her wonderful people for this gravest, darkest, most forgotten of all holocausts of all.
We had splitted skulls then. Now, without splitting hairs, we will remain guilty until we begin the process of true reconciliation and contrition.
(From The Yomiuri Shimbun, Dec. 11, 2007)
What? Yomiuri Shimbun rejected my draft? But why? too much truth in it? The japanese readers cannot take it? How do YOU know?
I know there are at least five hundred million toilets in China; in these days of environmental protection, that's where your paper can be recycled. But i take that proposal back. At least in recycling, waste in, usable out; in the case of Yomiuri Shimbun, if it continues to write such rubbish, waste in, waste out.