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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

apan Denies Massacre

n TOKYO (Reuters) -- Japan's new justice minister was quoted Wednesday as saying that the 1937 Nanking Massacre of tens of thousands of Chinese by the conquering Japanese army never happened. The claim, in an interview with Mainichi Shimbun newspaper, is likely to threaten the ruling coalition's attempts to mend fences with Asian neighbors still angry at Japan's unwillingness to admit wartime and pre-war atrocities. The Nanking Massacre is one of the most infamous episodes in Japanese history. In the six weeks after Japanese soldiers seized the southern Chinese city on December 13, 1937, they killed more than 155,000 people, according to the 1948 Tokyo war crimes tribunal.