China erects, then destroys Japanese immigrant memorial

By REUTERS
August 8, 2011 11:26

 
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BEIJING - Officials in northeast China demolished a memorial to Japanese immigrants to allay a public outcry over its construction last month, state media said on Monday, a sign of lingering anti-Japanese sentiment in the region once occupied by Japan.

The 3.8-meter high memorial wall was emblazoned with the names of 229 Japanese immigrants who were among the thousands settled in Heilongjiang province by Japan's government during its World War Two-era occupation.

An official said the memorial to the immigrants who died of hunger following Japan's surrender was a mark of the Chinese people's humanness.

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