There has long been accusations that Japanese vigilantes in the aftermath of the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake massacred thousands of Koreans and this Korean researcher says he has found photographic evidence to help prove it:
A South Korean historian on Sunday released photos apparently showing Korean victims of a Japanese massacre following a devastating earthquake nine decades ago.
The release comes just a few days after officials in Tokyo decided to remove references to the mass killing from high school textbooks.
Jeong Seong-gil, the honorary director of Keimyung University Dongsan Medical Center Museum, presented to Yonhap News Agency photos dated Sept. 1, 1923, the day that the Great Kanto Earthquake occurred. The disaster is named after the region that includes Tokyo. [Yonhap]
I really haven’t researched this issue enough to make a good assessment on what happened, but the photographic evidence though persuasive, I do not think is a “smoking gun” because there is no way to know if the bodies are in fact Koreans. They could just be dead civilians pulled from homes and piled up for survivors to look for their dead family members. That however doesn’t explain why their bottoms are exposed as they are laid out on display.