- 環日本海研究 (ISSN:13430300)
- no.2, pp.46-63, 1996
The land force of Kanazawa played a big role in the Nanking atrocity. Old soldiers, almost all of them over 80 years old, told what they had done in Nanking in 1937. The main members of the atrocity in Nanking were the soldiers of Kanazawa. They had to ensure safety in the Nanking Safety Zone because a commander, who belonged to the Mikado family, would come there soon. A report says the soldiers of Kanazawa killed 6, 670 people. They didn't have enough time to distinguish civilians from the remnants of the defeated army. They not only cruelly murdered, but also plunderd and raped. This is an objective and reliable study of the historical materials I have gathered in Kanazawa and of the testimonies of the soldiers themselves.