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Military History of Japan

Commentator tackles sensitive balancing act

Writer Kato Yoshikazu is one of the most visible and popular Japanese people living in China. He is best known among young Chinese, particularly for his takes on mainland affairs.

Sunday, 17 June, 2012, 12:00am

Nanjing blasts Japanese mayor for denying 1937 massacre

The Nanjing government yesterday admonished as 'irresponsible' a Japanese mayor who, while hosting a delegation from the northeastern Chinese city, denied that the wartime atrocities known as the rape of Nanking took place.

22 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

The Flowers of War

The Flowers of War by Yan Geling translated by Nicky Harman Harvill Secker

5 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

The truth will help heal

The Diaoyu Islands dispute is a reminder that Sino-Japanese relations have long been strained. My grandparents, though they were very young at the time, always talk about how the Japanese treated the Chinese during the second world war.

13 Aug 2011 - 12:00am


Don't use history to read Japan's tragedy

Although the Japan earthquake and tsunami destroyed many people's homes and families, the Japanese stayed calm in the midst of this nightmare and did not panic. Instead, they helped others who were in need of food and shelter.

29 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Survivors and former Japanese soldier recall 7 weeks of slaughter

Tears roll down the face of Zhang Huixia, 80, as her son points out the name of her father carved on a stone wall along with thousands of other victims of the Nanking Massacre.

Although she was only a young girl in 1937, she recalls seeing members of her family taken from their home in the southern part of the city, never to return.

14 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Dark days

The Nanking Massacre, also known as 'the Rape of Nanking', is considered one of the worst examples of systematic slaughter of civilians during the second world war

The killings started in Nanjing (then known as Nanking) after the city fell to the imperial Japanese army on December 13, 1937

14 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Price on Nanjing survivor reports

Nanjing has caused a stir among journalists and academics by tightening control over access to survivors of the 1937 massacre and charging reporters 200 yuan per interview.

16 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Expansion plan for Nanking memorial

Mainland authorities will spend about 500 million yuan to expand a memorial commemorating the Nanking massacre in 1937, Jiangsu party secretary Li Yuanchao said yesterday.

16 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Schoolchildren shown footage of Nanking massacre

Eight hundred children at a Hong Kong school received a special lesson yesterday about Japanese wartime atrocities in China.

The pupils of C.C.C. Tam Lee Lai Fun Memorial Secondary School in Tuen Mun were shown footage of Japanese troops executing people in Nanjing during the Nanking massacre of 1937.

13 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

On the frontlines

A resourceful war correspondent, Eddie Tseng En-po had a knack for being in the right place at the right time

Youthful South China Morning Post reporter Eddie Tseng En-po witnessed the beginning of Japan's invasion of Hong Kong - he saw the dive bombers attacking Kai Tak from the balcony of his home in Shamshuipo.

6 Nov 2003 - 12:00am

Divine wind: a flawed view

KAMIKAZE, OR 'divine wind', refers to the 5,000 Japanese pilots who deliberately crashed their planes into Allied ships east of the Philippines during the last months of the Pacific War. Post-World War II, the kamikaze were stereotyped as mindless fanatics hell-bent on a violent death. Nothing could be further from the truth.

7 Dec 2002 - 12:00am

Touching tale of human courage and sacrifice

May And August looks at the evils of the 1937 Nanjing massacre through the eyes of children. Those who are expecting an epic historical drama or a violent war film should look elsewhere.

27 Nov 2002 - 12:00am

Today in history

In Hong Kong

1958: Lo Man and Poon Tung-ming won the Radio Hongkong 'Beginners Please' singing contest with their version of All I Have To Do Is Dream.

1964: Welsh golfer Brian Huggett defeated Irishman Christy O'Connor by four strokes in an exhibition at Fanling. Both players are now tasting success on the European PGA Senior Tour.

13 Dec 2000 - 12:00am

Protest at Japan Consulate

Protesters lobbied the Japan Consulate-General on the 69th anniversary of the Japanese invasion of China, demanding Tokyo apologise for war crimes. They criticised Japan for trying to distort the Nanjing Massacre by amending school textbooks, and warned of a revival of Japanese militarism.

19 Sep 2000 - 12:00am