People hold portraits of
relatives, Chinese victims of Japanese atrocities during World War Two, as
they protest outside Japan's embassy in Beijing May 31, 2007.
Some Japanese parliamentarians will launch a league today asking China's war
museums to remove photos that show the atrocities committed by Japanese troops
during the War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression, Kyodo News said.
The group, believed to be led by veteran conservative lawmaker Takeo
Hiranuma, plans to urge China - through diplomatic channels - to get rid of what
it calls "unjustifiable" photos "which are faked to help foster anti-Japanese
nationalism" and "constitute barriers to the two countries' rapport".
It is absurd
that some Japanese politicians still refuse to face up to the country's past
crimes, said Jin Canrong, a researcher at Renmin University of China.
The request for the removal of the photos, important evidence of the Japanese
aggressors' war crimes, is simply another attempt by "revisionists" in Japan to
whitewash the past Japanese military atrocities, said Jin.
Japan's warmongers who inflicted untold suffering on neighboring nations
should forever be condemned, he said, noting that the photos served as a strong
reminder to anyone visiting the museums that such crimes should never be
The display of photos is a reflection of a genuine respect for history, and
is not intended to incite hatred, he said.
Mutual trust is possible only when the past is squarely acknowledged, and
concrete actions of true repentance are carried out, he added.
The launch of the Japan parliamentary league was initially planned for
January but was delayed because Hiranuma, an independent member of the House of
Representatives, suffered a stroke in December.
(China Daily 06/13/2007 page2)