1. Mass murder never took place: the facts

People who are believers of the story of so-called gNanjing massacreh, also known as gthe Rape of Nankingh, are often shocked that many Japanese people deny it ever happened.

On 6th August 1945, Hiroshima 200,000 people die.
200,000 peoples dead, Hiroshima A-Bomb Dome, 1945

The accusation, originally concocted by the Chinese intelligence department, and conveniently adopted and ballooned at the Tokyo Trials (1946-48), accuses the Japanese army of murdering civilians in a scale equal to the number of victims (200,000) of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and of victims (100,000) of Nagasaki, in August 1945.  Yet there was no motive on the Japanese side to carry out such a genocide out of the blue, and the troops in Nanking didnft have the physical or mechanical means to implement such mass murder.

Although Japan was an ally of the Germans during WWII, Japan never adopted the Nazi policy of discrimination against the Jews.  In fact, as one of the gyellowh races discriminated against, it was the first nation in the pre-war world to advocate equality of all races in the League of Nations.  The Tokyo Trial said the gNanking Incidenth took place in a 6-week period, counting from day two of the capture of the city by the Japanese army.  Yet at that time the Japanese army was already perpetually short of weapons and bullets, and unlike the Nazis, possessed no efficient killing facility to implement genocide of such a scale, either.
Anyone with military experience can easily understand that it is physically impossible to kill more than 300,000 people with bolt-action guns and bayonets and Japanese swords.

The second reason is simple arithmetic.  Iris Chang wrote in her book The Rape of Nanking that 300,000 to 340,000 citizens were killed in Nanking, but it is recorded that the population of Nanking at the time of its fall to the Japanese army was 200,000.  One month later, the refugees started coming back to the city, and the population increased to 250,000.How do you kill 300,000 people in a place inhabited by 200,000 people?
If genocide took place, then the population should decrease, but it increased.  That proves that there were no mass killings.

17th Dec 1937 in Nanking. General Iwane Matsui.
Dec.17th, 1937, in Nanking. General Iwane Matsui
on horse.

The Commander of the Japanese army attacking Nanking, General Iwane MATSUI had given orders to all troops that any soldier committing unlawful atrocities will be severely punished.  The Japanese army refrained from bombing the Safety Zone, where the Chinese refugees had gathered, and limited the number of troops that were allowed to enter the zone, once the city fell.
In fact, the Japanese army set up sentinels at entrances to the Safety Zone, so that even commanding officers could not enter without permission.

At the same time, over 100 journalists entered Nanking with the army, and they took numerous photos and films of the capture of a foreign capital, a first experience in Japanese history, and of its occupation.
None of these films or photos show any trace of massive killings.
There were also Westerners, including diplomats, and American missionaries.  Absolutely none of the Westerners actually saw Japanese troops killing ordinary citizens.  One missionary took photos of Japanese soldiers trying to identify Chinese guerillas, who had take off their uniforms and had mingled in with ordinary refugees in the Safety Zone.  These photos are often labeled as photos of victims about to be killed, in Chinese propaganda.
Most photos and films repeatedly used as gproofh by the Chinese consist of photos taken by anonymous persons on unknown dates, or outright forgeries,

In December 1996, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial (also known as Genbaku Dome, or A- Bomb Dome)was registered as a world heritage by UNESCO.
Oddly, it was around this time that articles on the gRape of Nankingh began to appear frequently not only in the Chinese media, but the American media as well.  Was it really a coincidence of timing that Iris Changfs gThe Rape of Nankingh was published in October 1997?

In the post-war Tokyo Trial, the Nanking Incident was treated in the same symbolic way as the Jewish holocaust by Nazi Germany.  However, the Nazis were not carrying out a war with the Jewish people;  they were carrying out a genocide while fighting wars with the Allies.  It is true that the Japanese were battling the Chinese, but they had no intention of murdering civilians.

15th Dec 1937, Nanking Safty Zone. Photo By Shinjyu Sato, Tokyo Nichi-Nichi News Paper Photographer. Japanese Army Soldier eating the Nudle, paid the money.
Dec.15th, 1937, in Nanking Safety Zone. Photo by Tokyo
Nichi-Nichi Newspaper photographer Shinjyu Sato.

The Chinese government never submitted substantial proof of mass killings at the Tokyo trial. In fact,no one in Nanking even knew about the massacre when asked right after the war, after the Japanesehad left Nanking! 
It was only with great encouragement that gradually, over time, the Chinese prosecution team were able to obtain gwitnessesh to the gatrocitiesh.

Tons of records about the bombings on Hiroshima or Nagasaki exist.  Names of all known victims have been recorded.  Everyone left living in those cities knew about it.
In Nanking, no one saw bodies of 300,000 victims that should have flooded the city.  No Japanese soldier has ever seen an order or hearing an order to go on a killing spree of ordinary Chinese citizens.
No one can remember seeing a soldier who executed such an order.12 years ago, a Japanese film lost after the war, which was taken in a one-month period after Nankingfs fall, was re-discovered in Beijing.  It shows people going about their business in a recovering city, and of course no bodies or abnormalities.

The accusation came up out of the blue at the Tokyo Trials.  It seems too coincidental that the number of gvictimsh in Nanking equals the 300,000 A-bomb victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, both indiscriminate mass murder of ordinary citizens, in complete violation of international law.

It is reminiscent of an order by the US General Headquarters, headed by General McArthur:

When Dr. Takashi NAGAI of Nagasaki University, himself an A-bomb victim, tried to publish his book,  The Bells of Nagasaki,  describing the tragedy in Nagasaki, the US occupying forces forced him to attach chapters about atrocities by the Japanese army, entitled Tragedies in Manila. It is easy to guess the reasons for this order.

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