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Japanese rightists deny sex slaves, Nanjing Massacre

2015-01-27 16:18 CNTV Web Editor: Li Yan

While the world is marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, a group of people in Japan have filed a law suit against a newspaper for its articles on the army's atrocities during WWII.

The group, including right-wing lawmakers and researchers, sued The Asahi Shimbun over articles it published in the 1980s and 1990s about the use of sex slaves in the army, which is referred to in Japan as "comfort women".

They are demanding 10 thousand Yen in compensation each and for the paper to run an apology for what they called " spreading erroneous facts to international society." The lawsuit is led by Japan's Sophia University professor emeritus Shoichi Watanabe.

Watanabe has long denied there was widespread use of sex slaves by the Japanese army during WWII. Watanabe is also a leading figure among those who claim the Nanjing Massacre, or the Rape of Nanking never happened in 1937.

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