Nagoya's sister city, Nanjing, has severed its sibling relationship after Nagoya's mayor said he doubted that the Japanese Army’s 1937 Nanjing Massacre actually took place. Mayor Takashi Kawamura told a visiting delegation of Chinese Communist Party officials that he was skeptical. In a statement, Kawamura said: "there are many opinions about the so-called Nanjing incident ... I have said I want to have a debate with people from Nanjing."
In other news:
- Afterschool, Japan's Spice Girl ska band, will perform in the city on their just-announced tour.
- A museum showcasing a state-of-the-art magnetically levitated train, shinkansen bullet trains and classical steam locomotives drew more than 1.09 million visitors last year, far outpacing expectations.
- Post tsunami reconstruction efforts are finally paying off.
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