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China furious at Japan NHK manager's Nanjing denial

Published on Feb 6, 2014 1:16 AM
Visitors lean on an exhibition stand ahead of 76th anniversary of the start of the Nanjing Massacre at the Nanjing Massacre Museum in Jiangsu province last year. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

HONG KONG (AFP) - China reacted furiously on Wednesday to the denial of the Nanjing massacre by a senior manager at Japan's national broadcaster, calling his remarks "a barefaced challenge to international justice".

Naoki Hyakuta dismissed as "propaganda" the accounts of the 1937-8 orgy of murder and rape by Japanese troops as they rampaged through China, in comments made during a stump speech for a right-wing candidate in Sunday's election for Tokyo governor.

In a stinging response Wednesday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei urged Japan to "face up" to its history.

Hyakuta's comments were "a barefaced challenge to international justice and human conscience," he said, according to state news agency Xinhua.

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