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468259058 Post time: 2012-9-21 06:42
the cruelty of Japan's wartime conduct is beyond our common sense. Just to name a few:
1. Chongqing terror bombing (1938-1944)
"Historical records show the Japanese army indiscriminately bombed the country's then wartime capital Chongqing and nearby cities, including Leshan and Chengdu in Sichuan province, between February 1938 and December 1944. According to a study by a Chinese group, the bombings killed 23,600 people and wounded 37,700 others.
Among the 15 plaintiffs, most of whom are more than 70 years old, eight were survivors of the bombing, while seven are relatives of people killed.
Wang Bangli, a 74-year-old retired teacher in Chongqing, said her family suffered great losses, both physically and economically.
It is high time the Japanese government offered an official apology to the people of Chongqing and took responsibility for the crime, she said.
Wang's mother suffered injuries to her left eye in the bombing, while the Japanese air force also destroyed the family's house and electric appliance shop."
2. Japanese Unit 731 carried out biological and chemical testing on human beings
"Unit 731 (731部隊, Nana-san-ichi butai?, Chinese: 731部队) was a covert biological and chemical warfare research and development unit of the Imperial Japanese Army that undertook lethal human experimentation during the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937–1945) and World War II.
Japanese scientists performed tests on prisoners with plague, cholera, smallpox, botulism, and other diseases.This research led to the development of the defoliation bacilli bomb and the flea bomb used to spread the bubonic plague. Some of these bombs were designed with ceramic (porcelain) shells, an idea proposed by Ishii in 1938.
These bombs enabled Japanese soldiers to launch biological attacks, infecting agriculture, reservoirs, wells, and other areas with anthrax, plague-carrier fleas, typhoid, dysentery, cholera, and other deadly pathogens. During biological bomb experiments, scientists dressed in protective suits would examine the dying victims. Infected food supplies and clothing were dropped by airplane into areas of China not occupied by Japanese forces. In addition, poisoned food and candies were given out to unsuspecting victims and children, and the results examined."
3. Nanjing Massacre (1937)
The Nanking Massacre or Nanjing Massacre, also known as the Rape of Nanking, was a mass murder and war rape that occurred during the six-week period following the Japanese capture of the city of Nanking (Nanjing), the former capital of the Republic of China, on December 13, 1937 during the Second Sino-Japanese War. During this period, hundreds of thousands of Chinese civilians and disarmed soldiers were murdered by soldiers of the Imperial Japanese Army. Widespread rape and looting also occurred. Historians and witnesses have estimated that 250,000 to 300,000 people were killed. Several of the key perpetrators of the atrocities, at the time labelled as war crimes, were later tried and found guilty at the Nanjing War Crimes Tribunal, and were subsequently executed. Another key perpetrator, Prince Asaka, a member of the Imperial Family, escaped prosecution by having earlier been granted immunity by the Allies.