It seems that the denial of the Nanking Massacre is not limited to the Japanese right-wing alone but has extended to foreign journalists as well. A known ex-correspondent, Henry Scott Stokes from Britain, has released a book about the Second World War in the Japanese language, and it was learned that a part of his book mentioned the incident in Nanking and denied it happened.
The 75-year old former bureau chief of the New York Times in Tokyo and former correspondent for the Financial Times and Times of London, is currently suffering from Parkinson’s disease, which made him unable to write. Stokes enlisted the help of a Japanese translator, who transcribed his 170 tapes, which formed the book, “Falsehoods of the Allied Nations’ Victorious View of History, as Seen by a British Journalist.” In recent weeks, Stokes said that his statement about Nanking was not included in the original interview and was just inserted after the tapes were translated to reflect that view without his knowledge. He called the move as a “straightforward right-wing propaganda.”
However, in an interview last month, Stokes seemed to be singing a different tune. He noted that the “ghastly events” that happened in Nanking was not solely the responsibility of the Japanese. In a joint statement released with the book’s publisher Shodensha, the British journalist claimed there was no disagreement with what was written in the book and his personal opinion. The statement read, “The author’s opinion: The so-called ‘Nanking Massacre’ never took place. The word ‘Massacre’ is not right to indicate what happened.” Hiroyuki Fujita, Stokes’ interviewer met with him and the publisher and they have all agreed that nothing was to be changed in the book. While many counter that the selling of such a book helps propagate the right-wing movement in Japan, others disagree. Sven Saaler from the Sophia University in Tokyo said, “The revisionist views of history have yet to reach a broader segment of society.” The book has been released last December and has sold more than 100,000 copies since.
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