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1. Has anybody else ever come across a better/larger version of this image (since the "original" had a "tmb" in its file name, I assume the poster that I found had taken it from somewhere else), or has anybody ever come across a similar news story?
2. Would wartime Japanese newspapers normally carry such a story? What would it's tenor have been -- even allowing for the passage of 70 years and vast cultural differences, it seems hard to believe the "ordinary Japanese" would react in any favorable way to such a story (I *AM* making an assumption here that the story was telling readers about the taking of heads of unarmed Chinese civilians or captured soldiers, rather than a "glorified" story of an impromptu head-taking contest during a hand-to-hand melee or some such). In other words, what spin would the imperial censors have put on such a story to make it palatable?
3. If such articles exist, how are they dealt with by those Japanese who deny the Rape of Nanking ever took place? It would seem a contemporaneous report by one of their own newspapers would be hard to shrug off, even if the story was a sanitized version approved of by the military.