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China to release daily Japanese war crimes ‘confession’

China began publishing ‘confessions’ of 45 convicted Japanese World War II criminals on Thursday, officials said, in Beijing’s latest effort to highlight the past amid a territorial dispute between the two countries. The documents, handwritten by Japanese tried and convicted by military courts in China after the war, are being released online one a day for 45 days by the State Archives Administration (SAA), it said in a statement on its website.

In the first, dated 1954 and 38 pages long, Keiku Suzuki, described as a lieutenant general and commander of Japan’s 117th Division, admitted ordering a Colonel Taisuke to ‘burn down the houses of about 800 households and slaughter 1,000 Chinese peasants in a mop-up operation’ in the Tangshan area, according to the official translation.
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