How could the Japanese deny the Nanking Massacre when history has the record
KotaroHanawa, Native. Living in Japan fortotal of 14 years
AnsweredJun 25, 2017
“What the hell is theNanking Massacre anyway?” is the predicted response you’ll likely receive when asking someone this question to a youth.Hell, many of us don’t even know about the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki correctly.
I first learned about the “GreatNanking Incident” not in school, but during a school trip in Nagasaki. Therewas a mandatory lecture by the survivors of the bombing we needed to attend. The lecturer was also leading an organization which financially supports and promotes interactions with the victims of both the Atomic bomb and the Nanking Massacre. (I believe his wife, who was also a victim of the blast, was a memberof an organization or sort to support the victims of sex crimes committed duringthe war, although I don’t know much details about her because she was absent)
He showed us multiple photoswhich he claimed to be the victims of the incident. He was already over 90 bythe time he lectured this when I was a 6th grader so I doubt he is still aliveor at least still active, but that was clearly the only time we were mentioned about the massacre during my teenage career.
Well, even then, most of usweren’t listening to his lecture a bit as there were no follow up tests whichaffects our GPA. I must confess that many of us were actually making fun aboutthe bomb and the massacre (like many of the other 13, 14 year old over theglobe).
There were literary people bragging about knowing that the US was with war with Japan!
So,in conclusion, there is no way most of us are even aware the Nanking Massacreever happened, let alone have any views about the historical event.