Nanking Massacre

Ex-Japan PM Hatoyama visits Nanking Massacre memorial

Former Japanese prime minister Yukio Hatoyama and his wife, Miyuki, pay their respects at the Nanking Massacre Museum in Jiangsu province yesterday. Photo: Reuters

Former Japanese prime minister Yukio Hatoyama paid respects to victims of the Nanking Massacre yesterday, as efforts to find a way out of the tense row over islands in the East China Sea appeared to be gaining momentum.

Friday, 18 January, 2013, 4:15am 1 comment

10,000 gather to recall victims of Nanking massacre

Seventy-five years on from the start of the Nanking massacre, 10,000 people attended a ceremony at the Nanking massacre memorial hall in Jiangsu, singing the national anthem and laying memorial wreaths. China says 300,000 civilians and troops were killed by Japanese troops over the course of six weeks in what was then the national capital. Photo: Reuters

Air raid sirens sounded in the eastern city of Nanjing yesterday as nearly 10,000 people attended a ceremony to mourn those who died 75 years ago in the Nanking massacre.

The Chinese government says 300,000 civilians and soldiers died in a six-week massacre after Japanese troops entered what was then the capital on December 13, 1937.

14 Dec 2012 - 3:59am 5 comments

China marks 75th anniversary of Nanking massacre amid tense relations with Japan

Soldiers hold a wreath of flowers during a rehearsal a day before a memorial ceremony in Nanjing. Photo: EPA

Air raid sirens sounded in the Chinese city of Nanjing on Thursday as it marked the 75th anniversary of the mass killing  and rape committed there by Japanese soldiers – with the Asian powers’ ties at  a deep low.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Talking points

Rape of Nanking remembered, 75 years on

China will mark the 75th anniversary of the Rape of Nanking, the slaughter of innocent civilians in the former capital of the Republic of China by invading Japanese troops. Events, including candle-light vigils and other ceremonies, will take place in Nanjing, along with a peace rally. 

13 Dec 2012 - 3:22am

Agony endures 75 years after Nanking Massacre

Bronze sculptures depict victims of the Nanking Massacre at the Memorial Museum in Nanjing. Photo: AFP

Three quarters of a century after Japanese soldiers butchered her family and left her for dead, Xia Shuqin says she relives her terror with every denial that the Nanking Massacre ever happened.

As the Imperial Japanese Army entered China’s then capital city on December 13, 1937, Xia heard pounding at the door.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

China Digest, December 7, 2012

A head-on collision between a cargo truck and a minibus on Wednesday killed five people and injured 16 in Chengnan town, Liuan city, Xinhua reports.

7 Dec 2012 - 4:29am

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. He moved to the country in 2003, not knowing a word of Putonghua, and he has since become fluent.

17 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Odd proposals

Use space in public buildings for car parks

11 Mar 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 Undaunted Women of Nanking

The Undaunted Women of Nanking edited by Hua-ling Hu & Lian-hong Zhang S. Illinois University Press, HK$240

27 Jun 2010 - 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

Unravelling the knots of Nanking

Acrop of new movie releases to mark the 70th anniversary of the Nanking Massacre is again set to dredge up controversy surrounding one of the 20th century's most notorious and disputed events.

9 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Reopening of memorial at centre of massacre anniversary

The Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall will reopen next Thursday after an 18-month upgrade to add new wings to mark the 70th anniversary of the Rape of Nanking.

A museum staff member confirmed yesterday that the opening of the extensions would be a key part of the centre's commemorative activities.

6 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

The battle for truth

Wearing only rags, and bandaged or hobbling, the old men, women and terrified children left the sanctuary of the cave in the limestone cliffs at the very southern tip of Okinawa. Standing out to sea were the warships of the US Navy, from where came calls relayed over loudspeakers for the survivors to surrender.

17 Oct 2007 - 12:00am