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H-ASIA ***************************************************************** From: Hiromitsu Inokuchi <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Countering Nanking Massacre deniers Dear members: Many of you have received Masaaki Tanaka's What Really Happened in Nanking. Those unfamiliar with the rhetoric of the Japanese right-wing denial of the Nanking Massacre may find it difficult to understand the text (and thus also to critique it). Conscientious Japanese scholars have countered the denial for years. For those who can read Japanese, I recommend reading Nankin Daigyakusatsu 13 no Uso (Thirteen Lies by the Deniers of the Nanking Massacre), edited by Nankin Jiken Chosa Kenkyukai (The Nanking Incident Research Group), (Tokyo: Kashiwa Shobou, 1999). The research group was formed in 1984 in response to the 1982 textbook controversy and Saburo Ienaga's third textbook lawsuit. The top scholar of the field, Tomio Hora (who passed away in 2000), and pioneer writer Katsuichi Honda are involved in the group. The book features articles by Akira Fujiwara, Tokushi Kasahara, Yutaka Yoshida, Hisashi Inoue, Kenji Ono, Harumi Watanabe, and Katsuichi Honda, and the articles are all aimed at countering each of the arguments raised by the right-wing including Masaaki Tanaka, to undermine the significance (even the existence) of the Nanking Massacre. Let me briefly overview the major points discussed in the book. The authors carefully examine the right-wing arguments that: 1) the Nanking Incident was made up in the Tokyo War Tribunal; 2) nobody in Japan of the period knew about the incident (therefore the massacre did not exist); 3) nobody, including the U.S., the UK and France complained, about the incident on the international front; 4) 300 thousand could not have been killed because the population of Nanking at that time was 200 thousand; 5) the burial records were not trustworthy; 6) the pictures of the Nanking Massacre were all fakes. Although not all the articles are written by historians, the authors' counter-arguments are based on well-researched evidence and are all very convincing. Hiro Inokuchi -- Hiro Inokuchi, Ph.D. University of East Asia Shimonoseki, Japan Tel.& Fax:+81(0832)56-7595 E-mail: email@example.com ================================================================= To post to H-ASIA simply send your message to: <H-ASIA@h-net.msu.edu> For holidays or short absences send post to: <firstname.lastname@example.org> with message: SET H-ASIA NOMAIL Upon return, send post with message SET H-ASIA MAIL H-ASIA WEB HOMEPAGE URL: http://h-net.msu.edu/~asia/