The revisionist forum titled:
The Verification of the Rape of
Nanking: The Biggest Lie of the 20th Century, is scheduled to open
at the semi-governmental Osaka International Peace Center (Peace
Osaka) on Jan. 23.
We believe that the aim of the forum is to deny the historical fact
and to make a mockery of the Chinese people, a protest by an
association of resident Chinese communities in Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe
It is a serious provocation against peace-loving Chinese
and Japanese people, which may undermine the trust between the two
The association handed in the protest to the Osaka Prefectural Government, Osaka Mayor Takafumi Isomura, and the director of Peace Osaka.
The Chinese Government also criticized the forum in its official People’s Daily and through its consulate general in Osaka, demanded the local governments to cancel the forum.
The whole of China is horrified and angered by this. Peace Osaka
was established as an anti-war museum to support the pacifist
movement, and yet, it is holding a forum that romanticizes the
invasion, vice-consul Teng An-jun said.
The forum was organized by a revisionist group, which is aiming to
correct the display of war-related materials that are inclined
to denounce everything the Japanese military did before and during
World War II.
The group applied to use the Peace Osaka Hall to hold a
discuss peace. A lecture by revisionist university professor and
video materials to support their argument is part of the forum’s
Despite the protest, Peace Osaka management says it can’t cancel the event.
The group did nothing against our rules, and there are no grounds
to refuse them the use of the hall, an official of Peace Osaka
Peace Osaka opened in 1991 to tell the
tragedies of war and the
importance of peace to future generations.
Displays of damage to Asia-Pacific nations during Japan’s colonial invasions from 1931 to 1945 are some of the biggest attractions of the museum.