China demands that Japan take responsibility for germ warfare

China demands that Japan take responsibility for germ warfare

BEIJING – China yesterday demanded that Japan take responsibility for the actions of its military in World War II after a Tokyo court rejected damages for Chinese victims of Japan’s notorious germ warfare unit.

“Germ warfare is one of the serious crimes committed by the Japanese military during World War II. The Japanese government should hold an honest attitude to bear the responsibility,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.”It should sincerely deal with the reasonable demands of the victims and properly handle this issue.”The Tokyo High Court on Tuesday upheld a 2002 lower court decision that recognised wrongdoing by imperial Japan but said any compensation had to be made by the government.The lawsuit was brought by 180 Chinese who said they were survivors or relatives of the victims of Unit 731, which conducted human experiments and bombed cities with the plague, cholera and other germs.China accuses Japan of whitewashing its past, pointing to the approval in April of a textbook that makes little mention of its wartime atrocities.The book sparked three weekends of major anti-Japanese demonstrations in China, which has said relations were at a three-decade low because of the history issue.- Nampa-AFPThe Japanese government should hold an honest attitude to bear the responsibility,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.”It should sincerely deal with the reasonable demands of the victims and properly handle this issue.”The Tokyo High Court on Tuesday upheld a 2002 lower court decision that recognised wrongdoing by imperial Japan but said any compensation had to be made by the government.The lawsuit was brought by 180 Chinese who said they were survivors or relatives of the victims of Unit 731, which conducted human experiments and bombed cities with the plague, cholera and other germs.China accuses Japan of whitewashing its past, pointing to the approval in April of a textbook that makes little mention of its wartime atrocities.The book sparked three weekends of major anti-Japanese demonstrations in China, which has said relations were at a three-decade low because of the history issue.- Nampa-AFP

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