Beijing : China on Monday slammed attempts by a Japanese city for approaching the UNESCO for inclusion of 333 items left behind by WW-II kamikaze suicide pilots in the UN body’s Memory of the World Register.
“The application is trying to embellish the invasion history of Japanese militarism and challenge the achievements of the world anti-Fascism war and post-war international order,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a media briefing answering a question.
The application was made by the Chiran Peace Museum in Minamikyushu city. Hua said Japan committed many atrocities against humanity during World War II. The kamikaze were suicide pilots recruited by Japan to attack Allied naval vessels during the closing stages of the Pacific campaign of World War II. Their attacks were designed to run down warships more effectively than conventional attacks.
Although numbers quoted vary, at least 300 Allied vessels were damaged. The kamikaze also caused serious losses to the American Pacific fleet, especially at Okinawa.
“The application is completely against the mission of the UNESCO to maintain world peace and will surely be strongly condemned and firmly opposed by the international community,” Hua said. The 333 notes and letters are part of 14,000 pieces of writing kept in the museum, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
Speaking at a regular press briefing, she added that Japan committed ‘numerous’ crimes against humanity during World War II.
“This effort runs completely counter to UNESCO’s objective of upholding world peace, and will inevitably meet strong condemnation and resolute opposition from the international community,” she said.
Relations between Beijing and Tokyo are heavily coloured by history, particularly the rampage across China by Japan’s imperial forces in the 1930s and 1940s, when Chinese government researchers say 20.6 million people were killed.