Japan’s massacre of Koreans in Kanto under fire

September 3, 2022

A spokesperson for the Association of Korean Victims of Forcible Drafting and Their Bereaved Families released a statement on September 1 on the occasion of the 99th year after the massacre which was committed by the Japanese imperialists against the Korean residents in the Kanto area in a bid to escape from the serious social and political crisis caused by a great earthquake that hit the area on September 1 1923.

According to the statement, the then Japanese government conducted a hate campaign against the Koreans on a large scale as it spread the rumour that the “Koreans are trying to exterminate the Japanese and seize Japan”, and issued an order to “kill every Korean appearing on the road or hiding in houses or other places, irrespective of age and sex”, with the result that more than 23 000 Koreans were killed in a little over ten days.

Saying that the massacre of Koreans in the wake of the great Kanto earthquake was an indiscriminate massacre premeditated, organized and perpetrated by the Japanese government which found its way of staying in power in inciting national chauvinism, the statement denounced the Japanese authorities for still denying their state responsibility for the massacre and playing anti-DPRK tricks.


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