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Japan asked to take history as mirror

Updated: Mar 2,2015 6:38 PM     Xinhua

Photo taken on March 2, 2015 shows Lyu Xinhua at a press conference on the third session of the 12th Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee in Beijing, capital of China. [Photo/Xinhua]

BEIJING — Japan should take the history as a mirror and “follow the path of peaceful development” to win trust from the international community, a spokesman for China’s top political advisory body said on March 2.

Lyu Xinhua, spokesman for the third session of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, made the remarks at a press conference.

“In general,” Lyu said, “most Japanese leaders, including the incumbent ones, have not yet reflected or apologized as deeply and sincerely as what German leaders have done over the Holocaust of Jews perpetrated by the Nazis.”

Attempts, nonetheless, have been made in Japan to cover up truths of the war history, the Yasukuni Shrine, comfort women and the Nanjing Massacre, among others, which was described by Lyu as challenging justice and human conscience.

As the world commemorates this year the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, Lyu said, the Japanese government should show its sense of responsibility, take the history as a mirror and follow the path of peaceful development.

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