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Anniversary of Japan's WWII surrender marked

08-15-2012 23:09 BJT

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NANJING, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- More than 100 Chinese people and Japanese pacifists held a memorial ceremony on Wednesday in the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing to mark the 67th anniversary of Japan's surrender during World War II.

Peace-loving Japanese lay wreath to mourn for the victims in the tragic Nanjing Massacre by Japanese Invaders and pray for world peace at the Peace Square in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, Aug. 15, 2012. The day August 15 is the 67th anniversary of the Japanese declaration of unconditional surrender and the victory day of both Chinese people's anti-Japanese war and the world's anti-Fascist war. The 27th delegation of the "Engraved Memory" Association, the 16th delegation of "Connecting Cobe and Nanjing" Association, and the 10th Nagasaki "Wing of Hope" Japanese-Chinese Delegation from Japan took their special trip to Nanjing to attend the assembly. (Xinhua/Sun Can)

Three friendship delegations from Japan, survivors of the Nanjing Massacre and Chinese researchers on the holocaust attended the ceremony at the Memorial Hall of the Victims of the Nanjing Massacre by Japanese Invaders to mourn the 300,000 victims and pray for world peace.

Zhu Chengshan, president of the memorial hall, said the rally showed people's aspirations to oppose war and pursue peace, and that world peace be maintained perpetually only by drawing lessons from the past.

A professor from Nagasaki University said that on the soil of Nanjing, Japanese attendees again deeply acknowledged the atrocity their country's invaders committed against Chinese people, labelling the era "extremely sorrowful."

Members of the 16th delegation of "Connecting Cobe and Nanjing" Association from Japan attend the assembly to mourn for the victims in the tragic Nanjing Massacre by Japanese Invaders and pray for world peace at the Peace Square in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, Aug. 15, 2012. The day August 15 is the 67th anniversary of the Japanese declaration of unconditional surrender and the victory day of both Chinese people's anti-Japanese war and the world's anti-Fascist war. The 27th delegation of the "Engraved Memory" Association, the 16th delegation of "Connecting Cobe and Nanjing" Association, and the 10th Nagasaki "Wing of Hope" Japanese-Chinese Delegation from Japan took their special trip to Nanjing to attend the assembly. (Xinhua/Sun Can)

The Japanese pacifists said they will encourage more Japanese nationals to learn about this part of history to avoid a repeat of the tragedy, and strive to help boost bilateral exchange to achieve real friendship between the two countries.

Japanese troops occupied Nanjing on Dec. 13, 1937, and launched a six-week massacre. Chinese records show more than 300,000 people, not only disarmed soldiers, but also civilians, were killed.

Also on Wednesday, more than 30 survivors of Japanese bombings of Chongqing and their relatives gathered near Japan's general consulate in the southwestern Chinese metropolis to protest against Japan's wartime crimes.

The protesters also demanded that the Japanese side stop any plans and actions to encroach the Diaoyu Islands.

Members of the 27th delegation of the "Engraved Memory" Association from Japan attend the assembly to mourn for the victims in the tragic Nanjing Massacre by Japanese Invaders and pray for world peace at the Peace Square in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, Aug. 15, 2012. The day August 15 is the 67th anniversary of the Japanese declaration of unconditional surrender and the victory day of both Chinese people's anti-Japanese war and the world's anti-Fascist war. The 27th delegation of the "Engraved Memory" Association, the 16th delegation of "Connecting Cobe and Nanjing" Association, and the 10th Nagasaki "Wing of Hope" Japanese-Chinese Delegation from Japan took their special trip to Nanjing to attend the assembly. (Xinhua/Sun Can)

 

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: Xinhua

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