Japan: Fracas Follows Book About Nanking Atrocity

Fracas Follows Book About Nanking Atrocity

IRIS CHANG, best-selling author of The Rape of Nanking, last week challenged Japan's ambassador in Washington to a televised debate. The 30-year-old writer threw down the gauntlet after Ambassador Kunihiko Saito described Chang's book, which chronicles Japanese atrocities in China in the 1930s, as "inaccurate," "distorted" and "erroneous." The Foreign Ministry in Tokyo later said Saito was objecting only to the suggestion that Japan has never apologized for its actions and has tried to keep the incident out of textbooks used by schoolchildren. Saito's attack on Chang has so far drawn fire from only a few organizations, but Tokyo is less...

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