Soka Gakkai Delegates Visit Nanjing Massacre Museum
On May 22, Soka Gakkai Nanjing Delegation visited the Memorial Hall of the Victims in the Nanjing Massacre and received a personal tour from museum curator Zhu Chengshan. Words of former premiers Zhou Enlai and Jiang Zeming, "Don't forget the past for it is a lesson for the future" and "History is a mirror for the future," respectively, are displayed in the museum. Between December 1937 and January 1938, hundreds of thousands of Chinese were slaughtered at the hands of the Japanese Imperial army. Established in 1985 as a museum to promote an accurate history of the tragic event, the memorial hall is located in the southwestern corner of Nanjing known as Jiangdongmen, a former execution ground and mass burial site. Curator Zhu said it was important for humanity to learn from the past for the sake of peace in the future. Soka Gakkai Vice General Director Hiromasa Ikeda expressed hopes for using the day's event as a fresh departure for creating a new history of friendship between China and Japan.