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Nagoya Mayor Takashi Kawamura riled China on Monday by telling a visiting official he doubts the 1937 Nanjing Massacre ever happened.

The 63-year-old Nagoya mayor, whose father was in Nanjing when the war ended in 1945, told Liu Zhiwei, a member of the Chinese Communist Party’s Nanjing City Standing Committee, that he believes only “conventional acts of combat” took place there, not the mass murder and rape attributed in history books to the Imperial Japanese Army.

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