Date
18 October 2017
The confessions of Japanese army commander Suzuki Keiku were the first to be published. Photo: China News Service
The confessions of Japanese army commander Suzuki Keiku were the first to be published. Photo: China News Service

China to release confessions of 45 Japanese war criminals

China will release the confession records of 45 Japanese war criminals tried and convicted by military tribunals in China after World War II, China News Service reported.

The records are scanned copies of the original handwritten confessions that were signed by the war criminals. They will be published on the website of the State Archives Administration, the agency’s deputy director Li Minghua told a press conference on Thursday.

Authorities have also carried out on-site investigation and taken testimonies from witnesses and victims for each case. The administration will publish one confession each day over a 45-day period, the report said.

The case of Suzuki Keiku, who served as assistant commander of the 28th Infantry Regiment and later as lieutenant general and commander of the 117th Division in the Japanese army, was the first to be published.

In his 38-page confession, Keiku said he ordered Colonel Taisuke to “burn down the houses of about 800 households and slaughter 1,000 Chinese peasants in a mop-up operation” in the Tangshan area in January 1942.

He “murdered 1,280 peasants in Daizhuang Village, Panjia, Luanxian County by shooting, bayoneting, slashing and burying them alive, and burned down the houses of all 800 households in the village” in October 1942, according to a Xinhua News Agency report.

“All proofs and related documents have been translated into Japanese and read to me. All are true. I confirm the conclusions are correct,” he wrote in the confession.

The 45 war criminals were sentenced to imprisonment from eight to 20 years.

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