Fury over Nanking

China and other Asian nations reacted angrily to comments by the Japanese Justice Minister, Shiegto Nagano, that the Nanking Massacre of 1937 was a fabrication, writes Teresa Poole in Peking.

Chinese newspapers quoted a Foreign Ministry spokesman as saying: 'A Japanese cabinet member went so far as to publicly distort the history, deny the historical facts and defend the Japanese militarists' aggression. We are shocked by and indignant at this.'