It happened, but there're controversies on the number of victims. Nevertheless, human history is very brutal...
I already knew that.
Today, ordinary Japanese people are delightful, they're good people, no need to hate them because of what happened in the past, I just hate those right wing nuts and the government.
I wonder what grudge did the Japanese hold against Chinese that they took it out on the innocents to such extreme extend.Ramen Is Racist
As Japan's most popular Chinese dish, shina soba symbolized the expanding Japanese empire, according to Katarzyna Joanna Cwiertka, author of Modern Japanese Cuisine: Food, Power, and National Identity. By the early 20th century, this empire included Korea, Taiwan, Manchuria, eastern Siberia, parts of China, and many South Pacific islands. Giddy totalitarianism spawned "a China boom" in Japan, Cwiertka asserts:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/anneli-rufus...t_b_870470.html
Chinese-style decorations, costumes, and products were eagerly consumed by the Japanese public as they translated colonialism into a concrete experience. By physically interacting with China through the ingestion of Chinese food and drink, the Japanese masses were brought closer to the idea of empire.
In other words, to eat shina soba in those years was to symbolically gobble up China itself. As China represented the empire's biggest prize, a bowl of shina soba represented nothing less than world domination.
After Japan lost its empire in World War II, the word shina came under fire. Deplored by many as a symbol of imperialist aggression and Japanese wartime atrocities in China and beyond, shina was now seen as a horrific ethnic slur, embodying imperialist xenophobia: in other words, racist. Shina soba was briefly renamed chuka soba; chuka is a less politically incorrect Japanese term for "Chinese-style." But in 1958, Nissin Foods introduced the first-ever packaged instant version of the dish. As its broth was chicken-flavored, the product was called Chikin Ramen.
I'm not sure how reliable the article above, but I will just post it here in case it necessary for future debate/discussion and hopefully, it help answering PTDTCH's question because I'm curious about it as well.