BEIJING – Photographs of Japan’s wartime atrocities are being shown at an exhibition jointly set up by China and South Korea in the Chinese city of Harbin, media reports say.
The exhibition of about 50 photos shows the “comfort women” who were forced into sexual slavery, the Imperial Japanese Army’s infamous Unit 731 biological warfare unit and incidents from the 1937 Nanjing Massacre, said China’s Xinhua and South Korea’s Yonhap news agencies.
The event follows similar ones that have been held in many places in South Korea, including a site near the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, since February. The Harbin show is the first held outside the South.
Lawmaker Kim Eul-dong of South Korea’s ruling Saenuri Party organized the exhibition and said that Aug. 15, the day Japan surrendered to the Allied Powers, is a significant date for the Chinese and South Korean people that cannot be erased, the reports said.
The two countries will cooperate closely so the world fully understands Japan’s guilt as the aggressor during the war, she was quoted as saying.
In January, China opened a memorial museum at Harbin train station on Korean independence activist Ahn Jung-geun, who assassinated Japan’s first prime minister, Hirobumi Ito, there in 1909.