Taiwanese war criminal sees himself as victim
Published on Sep 25, 2012 1:51 PM
TAICHUNG, Taiwan (AFP) - "War criminal" is not the first expression that comes to mind when seeing white-haired Chou Ching-feng in his living room in central Taiwan, sipping tea with his daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren.
But nearly 70 years ago, he worked for the Japanese army in what is now Malaysia, guarding Australian prisoners in one of the numerous prisoner-of-war (POW) camps that were scattered across occupied Southeast Asia.
"The Japanese officers told us to beat the prisoners, and beat them hard. They were very meticulous about that," said Mr Chou, now 86.
He is one of about 160 Taiwanese who were punished for their activities in the Second World War. Eleven were executed.
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