SDHF Newsletter No.157 STATEMENT OF PROTEST REGARDING THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT
STATEMENT OF PROTEST REGARDING THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT’S INTERFERENCE WITH PRIVATE SPEECH ON THE “NANKING MASSACRE”
January 24, 2017
On January 17, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs attacked Japan’s APA Hotels for placing books that refute the so-called “Nanking Massacre” in its guest rooms. The Ministry insisted that, “some forces in Japan are still reluctant to look squarely at history,” and urged “the Japanese side to … educate its people with the right historical perspective, and win the trust of its Asian neighbors… with concrete actions.”
It is the height of hypocrisy that a one-party dictatorship, with tight media controls, tries to lecture a liberal democracy on the issue of history based on free thinking discussion.
The APA group immediately issued a formal statement rebutting the Chinese demand:
Many groups and individuals in Japan have spoken against this unconscionable Chinese demand, including the “Japan Society for History Textbook Reform,” which issued a strong statement of protest:
The end of the statement states that “We would like to reaffirm at this time that the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, rather than attacking the actions of APA Hotels, should respond to the open letter of inquiry that they have been conspicuously ignoring for over eight years.” The open letter of inquiry is;
Over 30 English language books, articles and commentary on the so-called “Nanking Massacre” can be found at our website:
Questions are welcome.
MOTEKI Hiromichi, Acting Chairman
for KASE Hideaki, Chairman
Society for the Dissemination of Historical Fact