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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Salon This Week

Peace Philosophy Salon

Theme of this week: Nanjing Massacre, December 1937 -

This week we will learn about Nanjing Massacre, in which hundreds of thousands of Chinese civilians and POWs were brutally killed, raped and injured when Nanjing, then capital of China was invaded and conquered by the Japanese Army.

Date and Time: 7 PM - 10 PM, Saturday March 28

Place: Peace Philosophy Centre (email info@peacephilosophy.com for direction)

* We will host a pizza social from 6 PM. About $5 per person will be collected. You are welcome to bring drinks and snacks to share.

RSVP : to info@peacephilosophy.com by March 26. Let us known whether you are going to join us for pizza at 6 PM or not.

Nanjing Massacre is a controversial topic in Japan,which is under constant attack from right-wingers. If you search on the Internet in Japanese by keywords like Nanjing Incident or Nanjing Massacre, you will get loads of information that attempt to underestimate the scale of the crimes and even deny the occurrence of the crimes. Nanjing Massacre is a historical fact which has been documented, validated and researched by historians, journalists, and other experts of Japan, China, and around the world. There are numerous testimonials from the survivors and from the former Japanese soldiers who fought in Nanjing. I believe that the unspeakable scale and cruelty of those crimes cast dark shadows and deep guilt over the minds of many Japanese till now, which is reflected on their tendency to deny or underestimate the Massacre. It is in a way similar to the fact that many Americans want to believe that the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was just and necessary. We would like to invite you to learn about this chapter of history that we should never forget.

Satoko

Peace Philosophy Centre

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