Thursday, 30. October 2014
30. 07. 14. - 15:00
The bizarre PR campaign in China to highlight the crimes of Japanese soldiers during the Second World War as a way of getting international support for a number of territorial disputes with their island neighbour has now spread to include shopping centre executions of Japanese war criminals.
In these pictures taken at a shopping centre in the city of Taiyuan, in north China's Shanxi Province, the management have hired actors to dress as Chinese soldiers and other actors to be Japanese "criminals" who are put publicly on trial to confess their crimes and give the details of what happened, before they are put to death.
The organisers admit that the trial execution in the shopping centre that involved the Japanese criminal being paraded in front of the various shops was also a way to boost sales but added it was also about informing people about history.
A spokesperson for the shopping centre, Xiao Chen Lo, said: "We often have shows like singing contests or cookery displays, and we felt it was perhaps time to do something a bit different and in the process educate people about a little bit of history. We think it's important that people don't forget and are informed about the past, and that's why we decided to offer this attraction."
The show trials have been a popular tourist attraction in several Chinese cities but the move to put them on display at a shopping centre is a new twist. It follows official Chinese government policy to release on a daily basis details of the confessions of Japanese war criminals in a bid to embarrass Japan internationally and weaken its case in a row over a number of disputed territories.
The daily confessions have included details of how Japanese soldiers used Chinese POWs as target practice, used germ warfare on Chinese villages and forced Chinese women to work as prostitutes in mass brothels.
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