Japanese Public Broadcaster Wins Acclaim in China for World War II Documentary – The Diplomat

Japans NHK broadcasted a program on the crimes committed by Japanese Unit 731 during World War II.

Every August 15 the memorial day marking the end of World War II in Japanese terms, or Japans surrender in the War of Aggression Against China in Chinese terms is a sensitive day for China and Japan (as well as Korea). It has almost become routine that on the day Japans prime minister gives an ambiguous speech and Chinas foreign ministry protests and urges Japan to reflect upon the history. However, this year, Japans only public broadcaster NHKs independent voice won unanimous acclaim both from the state and the public in China.

On August 13, as the 72th anniversary was approaching, NHK broadcasted a special documentary titled The Truth of Unit 731, revealing the military crimes committed by Unit 731, a covert biological and chemical warfare research and development unit of the Imperial Japanese Army during WWII. In China, Unit 731 has been so notorious that even kids in kindergarten have heard about it. NHK uncovered large amount of evidence and recording of confession from various achieves, including Russian achieve, in the documentary.

The documentary immediately caught Chinese audience attention and was widely discussed in Chinas social media spheres. Later, even Chinas national media Peoples Daily, Global Times, Xinhua, and CCTV (China Central Television) reported about the documentary.

On August 15, when asked about Chinas opinion on the documentary, Chinas Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying replied at the regular press conference: We appreciate the courage of those insightful Japanese people to reveal the historical truth.

Of course, Hua didnt forget to criticize the Japanese government and uphold Chinas position on World War II:

During World War II, the invading Japanese troops waged a heinous bacterial war against the Chinese people, conducted cruel and inhuman living-body experiments and committed monstrous crimes. The relevant evidence is ironclad and undeniable. Only by correctly recognizing that period of history can Japan unload the historical burden[We] hope the Japanese side can carefully listen to the call for justice at home and abroad, correctly understand and deeply reflect upon the history of aggression by the Japanese militarism, and earnestly respect the feelings of the Chinese people and people of other victimized Asian countries.

Compared to the Chinese government, the Chinese people are apparently more willing to praise the NHK and at the same time conduct some self-criticism.

On Weibo, hundreds of Chinese netizens praised NHKs courage and objectivity and called NHK as station of conscience for releasing such a documentary at such a sensitive time. Many pointed out that it is particularly worth praise since NHK, despite being Japans national station, keeps fighting for its independent voice. Chinese netizens also suggested Chinas national media learn from NHK to make more independent programs

While the national media (as mentioned above) used the NHKs documentary as evidence to echo the Chinese governments remarks like Japan should deeply reflect upon the history, some netizens also commented that every country should reflect upon history.

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Japanese Public Broadcaster Wins Acclaim in China for World War II Documentary – The Diplomat

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