China releases wartime documents revealing Japanese atrocitiesUpdated: 2014-04-28 17:29:21 KST
China has released once-confidential documents, revealing acts of extreme brutality committed by the Japanese military durings its invasion of China, including the sexual enslavement of women and the Nanjing Massacre.
China's Jilin Provincial Archives released 89 documents, which consists of letters written by Japanese soliders, newspaper articles and other military files.
The documents have been put together into a book titled "Irrefutable Evidence."
The Beijing News said 25 documents showed women forced into sexual slavery were from China, South and North Korea, as well as a number of South Asian countries.
Another Chinese media outlet said the documents show the total number of "comfort women" came to about 400-thousand, half of which were Chinese, while more than 140-thousand were from the Korean Peninsula.
It added that ONE comfort woman had attended to 178 Japanese soldiers in just ten days, at a comfort station in Nanjing.
In regards to the Nanjing Massacre, the Beijing News noted that a Japanese newspaper reported that the Japanese military killed some 85-thousand people in just three days.
It added that Japanese military files showed that the population of Nanjing fell to 335-thousand, from roughly 1-million between December 1937 and January the following year.
One letter showed a soldier referring to killing the people as "slicing beancurds."
Other documents were related to the transfer of prisoners to the notorious Japanese military unit 731, where brutal experiments on living people were carried out.
Kim Min-ji, Arirang News.