China publicizes second war criminal confessions
                 English.news.cn | 2014-07-05 00:50:10 | Editor: Mu Xuequan

BEIJING, July 4 (Xinhua) -- China's State Archives Administration on Friday publicized the confession of a second Japanese war criminal.

A 105-page confession signed by Fujita Shigeru, colonel and commander of the 28th Cavalry Regiment and later lieutenant general and commander of the 59th Division of 43rd Army, details the murder of hundreds of Chinese civilians and captives from 1938 to 1945.

"May 21, 1944: shot dead 12 Chinese people (including 1 woman) in Luoyang, Henan."

"March 27, 1945: massacred all inhabitants of about 50 households in a village along the Dengxian County-Laohekou road, 200 meters to the north of Zhulinqiao, killing seniors, women, children... and other inhabitants; used gas shells during the attack in Maqushan on the same day.".

The release includes scans of the original manuscript in Japanese, with Chinese and English translations.

The administration announced on Thursday that it will put full texts of confessions by 45 Japanese war criminals online from Thursday: one a day, over 45 days.

The move follows Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and right-wing politicians' stubborn denial of war crimes in China.

The July 7 Incident, or the Lugouqiao Incident, in 1937 marked the beginning of China's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression, which lasted eight years.

There were 1,109 Japanese war criminals in custody in China between 1950 and 1956, according to the administration. Of them, 1,017 with minor offenses were exempted from prosecution and released in 1956 and 45 received military trials under the Supreme People's Court that year.

The administration said it is sorting archives of confessions made by the 1,017 with minor offenses to make them public.

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