BEIJING, May 16 (Xinhua) -- An academic history book of the Japanese
invasion of a number of Asian countries during WWII has become a best seller in
China, Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK).
More than 110,000 copies have been sold in China, 70,000 copieswere sold in Japan
and 50,000 in the ROK.
Rong Weimu, a Chinese editor on the non-governmental trilateraleditorial
board, said here Tuesday in an interview with Xinhua, the sales in both Japan
and the ROK were quite impressive considering the book is a historical
"Many local education authorities in Japan and the ROK have listed the book
as supplementary reading to textbooks," said Rong,who is also a senior
researcher at the Institute of Contemporary History of the Chinese Academy of
Social Sciences (CASS) .
The book, titled The Contemporary and Modern History of Three East Asian
Countries, details the atrocities committed by Japaneseinvaders in China and
The book is aimed at countering the holocaust-denying textbookspublished by
ultra-nationalistic press in Japan.
"In editing the history book," Rong said, "scholars from the three
countries shared the same basic historical views although they have some minor
differences relating to their cultural backgrounds and research methodologies."
The trilateral editorial board has also published a revised edition, that
corrects 200 minor errors.
Work on the book began 2002 after a history symposium organizedin Nanjing,
where one of the world worst atrocities occurred. In 1937 Japanese soldiers
began a bloody rampage in which they made sport of raping and murdering and
eventually killed 300,000 Nanjing residents.
Rong said they are considering publishing an English version ofthe book.