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Sunday, April 09, 2006

China Intensifies Focus on Japanese Misdeeds

This can't be good for anyone. While I'm the first to say that Japan needs to acknowledge the past and make amends, what China is planning is just going to inflame feelings even more.

More than 200,000 Chinese filed through the remains of Japan's notorious Unit 731 here last year, visiting the ghosts of World War II. In exhibits mounted throughout the bleak headquarters building, they saw wrenching descriptions of biological warfare experiments carried out on thousands of Chinese prisoners from 1939 to 1945.

The phrase "Do not forget us" has been inscribed on the wall of one room, where visitors can see the names and photos of some of those who received botulism injections, were made to suffer frostbite or had their internal organs removed by Japanese military doctors.

Heeding those words, authorities have drawn up plans for a $62.5 million expansion of the museum, condemning a middle school and an apartment complex to make way for restoring the once top-secret facility, where researchers estimate 3,000 Chinese were killed and 300,000 sickened by the hideous wartime experiments. The aim, said curator Wang Peng, is to make the story of Japan's atrocities at Unit 731 known to an ever-wider audience.

Now, if it was done right, it wouldn't be a bad thing, but I just can't think the Chinese government will "do it right."

UPDATE: Amazingly, Curzon and I agree on something in Asia. Look for my post on the rapture happening soon.