"We are currently carrying out a mop-up operation, fighting the Chinese army and attacking villages. All men in the village have been beheaded and the children were thrown into a fire. I found it difficult, but when I realized they are the children of the enemy and that they will seek revenge when they grow up, I made up my mind. We killed 150 people in the village."
—Excerpt of a letter to Tadaiue at Nitta Cho in Gunma County from Takokuaki of Jukjeon Unit, Hosoya Troop of Japan's North China Dispatched Forces, intercepted by the Japanese army and recorded in its Postal Review Monthly (February, date and year unknown)