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China publicizes Japanese war criminal's confessions
(07-11 13:51)

China's State Archives Administration on Friday publicized the confession of Japanese war criminal Juntaro Tominaga, the latest in a series of similar publications.
A 185-page confession signed by Juntaro Tominaga, who worked as section supervisor of the 2nd Transportation Department of the Information and Operation Office from 1938 to 1945, details his suppression on Chinese people during this period, state-run Xinhua news agency reports.
"In the name of railway police, I did countless illegal acts to passengers and residents along the railways. Later, the railway police had become totally a tool to suppress the people," he said in the confession.
Tominaga sent Japanese technicians to the northwest as secret agents to collect transportation information in October 1943, and made the reconstruction plan of the southern section of Beijing-Wuhan Railway to assist the Japanese army in invading and waging wars in Henan in 1944, according to the document.
The release includes scans of the original manuscript in Japanese, with Chinese and English translations.
On July 3, the State Archives Administration began releasing full texts of confessions by 45 Japanese war criminals. One will be released online per day.
The move follows Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and right-wing politicians' stubborn denial of war crimes in China.
Some 1,109 Japanese war criminals were held in custody in China between 1950 and 1956, according to the administration. Of them, 1,017 with minor offenses were exempted from prosecution and released in 1956 and 45 received military trials under the Supreme People's Court that year.
The administration said it is sorting archives of confessions made by the 1,017 with minor offenses to make them public as well.   
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