BEIJING, July 29 (Xinhua) -- The latest in a series of publications of confessions by Japanese war criminals reveals how Yohei Kibe organized forced labor by more than 70,000 Chinese, expropriated swathes of land and became an opium kingpin in China between 1939 and 1944.
The written confession, published on Tuesday by China's State Archives Administration (SAA), details Kibe's crimes in Manchukuo, the puppet state established by Japan in northeast China.
He admitted to ordering the use of "about 47,000" Chinese people as laborers while serving as governor of Andong Province after June 1939. Some of them "got sick or died due to bad living conditions."
From 1939 to 1941, Kibe introduced to Mishan, Linkou, Hulin and Baoqing counties 14 "pioneer immigration teams," 650 Japanese households who took Chinese people's land by force.
According to his confession, he also gave orders for 15,000 Chinese to be forced to build roads for use by the Japanese army from September 1942 to the end of March 1944.
In April 1943, he ordered the expropriation of 10 hectares of private land to construct a Japanese military airport in Yanji County, affecting three families, a total of 15 people.
From 1942 to 1943, he conscripted 12,000 Chinese people.
Kibe also wrote that he sold large amounts of opium to Chinese people in Manchukuo.
This is the latest in a series of 45 Japanese war criminal confessions the SAA plans to publish. The SAA has been issuing one a day since July 3.
The move follows denials of war crimes in China by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and right-wing politicians.