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The Nanking 100-Man Killing Contest Debate: War Guilt amid Fabricated Illusions, 1971-75

Bob Tadashi Wakabayashi
The Journal of Japanese Studies
Vol. 26, No. 2 (Summer, 2000), pp. 307-340
DOI: 10.2307/133271
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/133271
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The Nanking 100-Man Killing Contest Debate: War Guilt amid Fabricated Illusions, 1971-75
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Abstract

In December 1937 two Japanese officer-swordsmen allegedly vied to see who could first kill 100 Chinese in a "murder race" outside Nanking. In 1946-47 they suffered execution as war criminals, and in 1971-75 a debate over the incident's factuality erupted in Japan. I conclude that the killing contest itself was a fabrication, but the debate over it provoked a full-blown controversy as to the historicity of the Nanking Atrocity as a whole. This larger controversy increased the Japanese people's knowledge of the Atrocity and raised their awareness of being victimizers in a war of imperialist aggression despite efforts to the contrary by conserative revisionists.

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