Pu Zhiqiang on Nagoya

Chinese human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang on the recent scandal caused by Nagoya mayor Takashi Kawamura denying the existence of the Nanjing Massacre (via Shanghaiist):

“I can absolutely understand why the mayor of Nagoya would deny the Nanjing Massacre. All of your history is propaganda. There’s no credibility and no historical evidence. 300,000 victims, you say, but the number looks like it was plucked out of thin air anyhow you turn it. And let’s not forget how you’re so ready to greet your own countrymen with the knife, gun, sword, halberd, ax, hook, fork and other weapons. Up till now, you still haven’t owned up to the small massacre in 1989. What right do you have to demand that the Japanese mayor acknowledge the big massacre?”

On the one hand… yeah, the irony of Chinese officials getting mad about historical revisionism is pretty thick. But on the other hand, unless the major of Nagoya really is denying Nanjing specifically because of Chinese historical revisionism, defending him still doesn’t feel right. Two wrongs, a right, etc.

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