The official statement of APA Group about the freshly raised controversy over the paragraph of the our-room-equipped book
The official statement of APA Group about the freshly raised controversy over the paragraph of the our-room-equipped book：
Concerning the video message uploaded by a guest on Internet yesterday which denounces, as wrongfully negating ゛Nanking Massacre ゛, the ゛Theoretical Modern History゛and its related publications equipped in our hotel rooms, we, having received floods of opinions and inquires about the video‐raising controversy , hereby state our official standpoint：
The bilingual document in question is the one written as the forward to the book compiling the previous year’s essays published in our monthly magazine ゛Apple Town゛ authored by Seiji Fuji, the penname of our CEO Toshio Motoya.
The parts of the said book discussing modern history are the author’ original views theoretically induced out of his own fact-findings in and analyses of vast historic materials, truly interpreting historic events without being trapped with ゛conventional゛theories.
Although we acknowledge that historic interpretation and education vary among nations, please clearly understand that the book is not aimed to criticize any specific state or nation, but for the purpose of letting readers learn the fact-based true interpretation of modern history. Therefore, we have no intention to withdraw this book from our guest rooms, no matter how many denounces may be made about it from whatever viewpoint. Japan constitutionally guarantees freedom of speech and no one-sided pressures could force any assertion made get repealed.
To let readers freely argue the issue, below is shown the description in issue
of ゛Nanking Massacre゛entered on page 6 of the book.We would like to receive any insights if you point out wrong or false statement and show another fact, and we can seriously study about them.
2. The Nanking Massacre
China claims that the Japanese Army slaughtered 300,000 people in Nanking. However, the population of Nanking at that time was 200,000 people, so it is absurd to say that 300,000 people were massacred, and the population swelled to 250,000 one month later. Moreover, there are absolutely no records such as diaries, letter, or photographs by people from a third country – such as Americans or Europeans -who witnessed the massive killing, except for two people who were employed by the Kuomintang (KMT) public relations department. Furthermore, Professor Zhu Xueqin of Shanghai University said in one of his papers that not one person exists on the list of victims of the so-called “Nanking Massacre,” yet he has not been forced to resign. For these and other reasons, it is clear that the Nanking Massacre was fabricated by the Chinese side and did not actually happen.
The Japanese Army invaded Nanking in 1936. The background to this includes the Second United Front that was created with guidance from Comintern due to the Xi’an Incident, in which Chiang Kai-shek was abducted and confined in Xi’an by Zhang Xueliang. Accordingly, the National Revolutionary Army (NRA) stopped attacking the Chinese Communist Party. Power from the Communist Party entered the NRA and provoked the Japanese Army, dragging Japan into the war.
On July 7, 1937, the Japanese Army – which was stationed legally near the Marco Polo Bridge in China according to the Boxer Protocol – was conducting military exercises. Shots were fired at both the Japanese Army and the nearby NRA, starting a battle that is known as the “Marco Polo Bridge Incident.” Liu Shaoqi, who later became president of the People’s Republic of China, personally confessed that he had ordered the firing on both armies. The Japanese Army did not want the incident to spread any further, so it signed a cease-fire deal four days later.
However, the Tungchow Mutiny took place on July 29 of the same year. This incident involved the brutal killing of 223 Japanese people, including women and children, by the Chinese Peace Preservation Corps with the purpose of angering Japan and inciting war between it and the NRA. Takeo Oyama was also assassinated on August 9 of the same year and the Battle of Shanghai took place on August 13. A scheme was implemented by Zhang Zhizhong (the general officer commanding the Nanking-Shanghai Garrison), a Comintern spy who had infiltrated the NRA. Thirty thousand members of the NRA staged a general attack against the 4,200 members of the Japanese Navy Land Forces stationed lawfully in Shanghai. In these and other ways China repeatedly provoked Japan, which had up until that point reacted in a prudent, composed manner. Japan had no choice but to wage total war with China; it did not invade China unjustly.
The Japanese Army was victorious in the Battle of Shanghai. It pursued the NRA, which had taken flight, and captured Nanking, the capital of the KMT government. It occupied Nanking on December 13 of the same year. At that time the defeated soldiers pillaged and slaughtered the citizens. These defeated soldiers stole clothing from civilians and became plainclothes soldiers (guerillas), so the Japanese Army carried out a search-and-destroy operation against the plain-clothes soldiers (guerillas). International law allowed the killing of these plain-clothes soldiers. The regular citizens were slaughtered by these defeated soldiers (the barrier troops were shooting fleeing Chinese soldiers to death). However, these truths have been warped and the story about 300,000 people being massacred at Nanking has been circulated through information strategy warfare. There was no reason for the Japanese Army, which had already captured Nanking, to carry out a massacre there. On the other hand, atrocities committed against Japanese people included the Tungchow Mutiny, assassination of Takeo Oyama, and Battle of Shanghai. It is clear that Comintern wanted to provoke the Japanese Army through these acts and pull it into war with the NRA.