Japanese Who Were There-
By Ara Ken’ichi
No. 10: Chapter 4 Nanjing, as Observed by Diplomats
Mr. Iwai Eiichi, Assistant Consul
Mr. Kasuya Yoshio, Assistant Consul
May 23, 2018
Mr. Iwai Eiichi, a China expert in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
graduated from the Dong A Dong Wen Shu Yuen, or the East Asian Literary
School. It was said that he had a strong network of acquaintances in the
He went to Nanjing in the beginning of 1938 to inspect Japan’s area of
occupation. While there, he says he didn’t see anything that suggested a
massacre or didn’t hear about a massacre.
He says that Major General Sasaki Toichi, who participated in the
Nanjing attack as Brigadier Commander, would be the best person to hear
from concerning what happened in Nanjing. Because Major General Sasaki was
the top expert on China in the Army, had friendly relationships with most
of the main leaders of the Chinese Nationalist Party, including Chiang
Kai-shek, and understood the Nationalist Party’s Revolution. He loved
China. Major General Sasaki published “Autobiography of a Soldier” in
1965, in which he mentioned the Battle of Nanjing.
Mr. Kasuya Yoshio was assigned to the Nanjing Consulate in early 1938.
His duty was to contact and negotiate with foreign countries. The assault
on American Consul Allison occurred at the end of January. He says “Mr.
Allison went to the Japanese soldiers’ barracks to either confirm his
suspicion or to investigate, and tried to cross a sentry line despite the
guard’s warning and he was hit–that’s what I heard.” He also mentions
that, “Mr. Allison was knowledgeable about the Japanese. It seemed that
he didn’t take the incident badly in particular.”
The Supplement covers the words of 11 person Mr. Ara contacted but could
not interview–he received letters from them instead. Also, another 19
persons’ names are listed, who Mr. Ara tried to contact and was unable to
meet and did not receive any letters from them. Among the 11 persons Mr.
Ara received a letter from, very well-known novelist Ishikawa Tatsuzo was
one of them. He wrote the following:
“When I entered Nanjing, it was two weeks after the entrance ceremony.
I didn’t see any trace of a massacre. It is impossible to clear out
hundreds and thousands bodies within a couple of weeks. I have never
believed that Nanjing massacre story and I don’t believe now.”
Questions are welcome.
MOTEKI Hiromichi, Acting Chairman
for KASE Hideaki, Chairman
Society for the Dissemination of Historical Fact
Note: Japanese names are rendered surname first in accordance with Japanese