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Japan distorting history, ministry says

Updated: 2014-02-11 07:49
By Zhang Yunbi,and Qiang Lijing and Cheng Lu from Xinhua ( China Daily)

Tokyo is "attempting to deny and even beautify" the country's history of militarism and aggression, the Foreign Ministry said, criticizing remarks by a public Japanese broadcaster.

"The alarm bell of history should ring constantly, and the historical lessons should be taken," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Monday, after Naoki Hyakuta, best-selling author on wartime suicide fighter pilots and now a governor of Japanese broadcaster NHK, said last week that the Nanjing Massacre in 1937 "never happened".

Hyakuta also claimed that the United States staged the postwar trial of Japanese leaders to cover up its own war crimes, including the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Japan distorting history, ministry says