Japan, which committed ‘one of the most representative fascist atrocities’, must reflect rather than seek military ascension through NATO, says ex-curator of Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall

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Photo by Zhu Chengshan: Courtesy of Zhu

Japan’s frequent interactions with NATO and its blatant participation in the US-led military alliance have undermined peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region, causing particular concern, said Zhu Chengshan, a former curator. of the Memorial Hall of the Victims in Nanjing Massacre by Japanese Invaders. , Wednesday.

On the same day, Fumio Kishida will become the first Japanese Prime Minister to attend the NATO summit in Madrid, Spain, which is expected to agree with NATO members Australia, New Zealand and Korea of the South to counter China. Japan’s advocacy of an “Asian NATO” or “Global NATO” is widely seen as going against the grain and could lead to a new cold war, or even a hot war.

“As a member of Asia, why does Japan insist on stirring up trouble in the East? Why does Japan intend to return to the old path of militarism? Why undermine “Is there hard-won peace and stability in East Asia? That’s the question for anyone who doesn’t wish to see history repeat itself,” Zhu asked.

The lessons of the 20th century show that war is the greatest “man-made catastrophe” and that aggression, expansion and plunder are its sources, the former curator said, noting that “today he 21st century, peaceful development has become the theme of the world as the ‘Greater East Asia War’ advocated by Hideki Tojo and other Japanese militarists has long been swept into the dustbins of the story.

“Why do Japanese militarists still linger? Why is there still someone in Japan obsessed with war and violence? Why is there still someone in Japan who is out of step with the global trend towards peace?” Zhu continued to ask.

Japan should learn the lessons of history, say goodbye to militarism, condemn aggression and expansion, live in peace and friendship with other Asian countries, and jointly build, maintain and develop a peaceful and tranquil environment in Asia. , Mr. Zhu urged.

“History often reappears and exists amazingly,” Zhu warned.

In September 1940, Japan, Germany and Italy signed a tripartite pact, which made Eurasia the cradle of World War II. The treaty notably called on the signatories “to assist each other by all political, economic and military means” when one of them was attacked by a power currently not involved in the European war or in the “Sino-Japanese conflict”. .

Zhu pointed out that this period of history is a mirror, but also a sobering remedy. Japanese militarists of the time followed the outward expansion policy of “leaving Asia for Europe” and “establishing a Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere”, and gradually drifted astray towards war of aggression, Zhu said.

Now Japan has frequent interactions, flirting with NATO and its blatant participation in the US-led military alliance has undermined peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region, raising concerns among Asian people , Zhu said.

The so-called Indo-Pacific strategy is part of a major transformation not seen in the world for a century, which is characterized by US efforts to promote its global hegemony through coercion and sanctions, Zhu said.

“It should be noted that Japan’s right-wing forces have long been bitter over its defeat in World War II, hoping one day that they can break through the constraints of the Peace Constitution and attempt to become a ‘normal country’. both politically and militarily,” Zhu said. said.

At present, the Japanese government is keen to take a spin on the US-led Indo-Pacific strategy, expanding its military presence, breaking the limitation of “self-defense” and acting as a ” follower” from the United States, which is a very dangerous signal, warns Zhu.

It is an indisputable fact that “the seed of militarism” still exists in Japan, and we must be on guard against the resurgence of Japanese militarism, Zhu told the Global Times in an exclusive interview.

“The Japanese government’s poor education of distorting historical facts over the years is an important reason for this phenomenon,” he said.

After the war, the Japanese government always took a veiled and ambiguous attitude to its history of aggression. Japanese textbooks have always shunned the teaching of real history, doctoring the “invasion” of China as an “entrance”, glorifying the “brutal conquest” of Asia as the “liberation” of the continent. Additionally, the Nanjing Massacre, in which more than 300,000 people were killed, has been called a “fiction” while forcing Chinese women to work as sex slaves is explained as a “business practice”, the official said. former curator.

Zhu said that the teaching of history in Japan is increasingly deviating from the facts, which has caused many Japanese people to have a woefully inadequate understanding of their history of aggression, so that many Japanese people do not do not know who was the author and who was the victim of the Second World War.

Moreover, in recent years, Japan has gone even crazier to tout the “China threat” theory, in an attempt to erase its history of aggression and throw dirty water on China at the same time. , Zhu said. “This despicable thing is shameful,” he condemned.

Japan’s aggression and victimization against Asian countries, especially China, during World War II left a tragic page in the history of mankind and the suffering of the Chinese nation. The Nanjing Massacre was one of the most concentrated and representative instances of fascist atrocities committed by Japanese militarists during World War II, and was as devastating a tragedy as the massacre of Jews at the Nanjing concentration camp. ‘Auschwitz, presenting itself as bloody proof of the barbarism that has killed humanity. and damaged civilization, Zhu charged.

“There is overwhelming evidence of the Nanjing Massacre, leaving behind a large body of human and physical evidence, including more than 4,000 testimonies from survivors of the tragedy. More than 60 survivors of the Nanjing Massacre are still alive today. They are victims and witnesses of this period of history,” Zhu said.

“An important task ahead of us is to inform more Japanese people and people around the world about the historical facts of the Nanjing Massacre in a thorough and lasting way,” Zhu said.

“Japanese militarism has inflicted untold damage on Asian countries. During my international peace work, I have shared the process with victims from other Asian countries to complain about Japanese military atrocities during World War II. world,” Zhu said. Victims from other Asian countries said that although their nationalities were different, they were all persecuted by the Japanese military, according to Zhu.

Japan must face and reflect on its own historic crimes and should not seek to elevate itself militarily by binding NATO. The Chinese people and the rest of Asia who suffered at the hands of the Japanese military during World War II and other peace-loving people around the world do not want to see the tragedy of history repeat itself, said said Zhu.

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