In July 1980, a Japanese woman named Mihoko Kato came to China. Nie Rongzhen met her in Beijing.
When she saw Nie Rongzhen, she was emotional, holding Nie Rongzhen’s hand tightly, tears could not help staying, and she shouted:”Dad.”
Nie Rongzhen is like a long-awaited reunion Looking at her like a loving father, this scene moved many people.
Then what is going on? When did Nie Rongzhen have a Japanese daughter? What kind of story does she and Nie Rongzhen have?
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On December 29, 1899, Nie Rongzhen was born in an ordinary family in Jiangjin District, Chongqing.
The young Nie Rongzhen is a famous schoolmaster. From Darwin’s”Evolution” to Huxley’s”Evolution”, he is studying hard. Knowledge has changed him tremendously. Slowly, he changed from a young student to a passionate young man with a sense of patriotic responsibility.
On September 15, 1915,”New Youth” was launched in Shanghai, which influenced the ideological enlightenment of a new generation of youth. Nie Rongzhen has also become its loyal reader.
Under the influence of progressive publications such as”New Youth”, Nie Rongzhen’s thinking has undergone earth-shaking changes.
Nie Rongzhen in his youth often felt the arduous task of his own task because of the turmoil of the current situation. As a new generation of patriotic youth, he actively participated in national salvation activities. Whenever encountering major national incidents, Nie Rongzhen always speaks generously, and his patriotism leaps forward.
At that time, he often said:”My generation must take serving the country as the foundation and contribute to the rise of the Chinese nation.” At that time, his teacher also praised several times:”The richness is extraordinary, and it is not something in the pool.“
In 1919, during the May Fourth Movement, Nie Rongzhen actively participated in the student movement in his hometown. In November of the same year, he went to France for a work-study program with Deng Xiaoping and other patriotic youths.
In March 1923, Nie Rongzhen, who was only 24 years old, joined the Communist Party of China. In October 1924, he went to the Soviet Union to study. In 1925, Nie Rongzhen returned to the motherland and taught at the Huangpu Military Academy.
At this time, Nie Rongzhen’s worldview has undergone a fundamental change, has been transformed from a progressive young man into a brave and active revolutionary.
Later, under the leadership and arrangement of Zhou Enlai, Nie Rongzhen officially started his half-life journey to save the country.
Meet on the battlefield, treat each other gently
Time came to 1940. In order to break the Japanese economic blockade, military offensive and political entrapment of China, the Eighth Route Army’s Hundred Regiments Battle started, and the”anti-mopping campaign” was launched against the Japanese army.
Nie Rongzhen is the 115th Eighth Route Army The deputy division commander and political commissar are fighting on the front line to protect the country. It was during this battle that Nie Rongzhen met his”daughter” Mihoko, and had an indissoluble bond with her for half a century…
According to the deployment of the Eighth Route Army headquarters, Nie Rongzhen’s department is responsible for the section from Shijiazhuang to Pingding on Zhengtai Road. Raid mission. The section from Niangziguan to Jingxing Coal Mine is a key attack area.
Besides the dangerous terrain, the most famous thing here is coal resources. Japan belongs to an island country and lacks materials. After the Japanese occupied this area, they specially dispatched foreigners to mine.
And Mihoko’s parents belong to the diaspora.
The one responsible for attacking Jingxing The commander of the third regiment of the Jinchaji Central Column was Yang Chengwu.
Under the command of Yang Chengwu, our army and the miners cooperated inside and outside to turn off the power supply in the factory area, and attacked the Jingxing coal mine. They also destroyed the Japanese army’s traffic line and dealt a heavy blow to the arrogance of the Japanese army.
In this battle, Mihoko’s parents died under gunfire.
After taking the Jingxing Coal Mine, the Eighth Route Army soldiers saved the two little girls despite the danger. The bigger one is Mihoko, and the smaller one is Miko.
At that time, there was still a battle to be fought, and the place where the Eighth Route Army was located was the front line. How to arrange and take care of these two young children became a problem. The soldiers can only report this incident to Yang Chengwu. Yang Chengwu was also a little embarrassed. He didn’t know how to choose, so he could only call Nie Rongzhen and ask the two children what to do.
The commander Nie Rongzhen learned that our army had taken the Jingxing Coal Mine, and felt that the stone in his heart had fallen a little.
At this moment, the phone rang, and then a soldier came to Nie Rongzhen:”Commander Nie, Frontline Chief Yang Chengwu is looking for you.”
It was Yang Chengwu’s call. Nie Rongzhen thought that something must have happened on the front line, so he hurriedly answered the phone. As soon as he picked up, an urgent voice came from the other end of the phone:”Commander Nie? We have encountered a big problem. I don’t know how to solve it, so I can only ask you for advice.”
After listening to Nie Rongzhen, he was shocked. Could it be that the enemy has re-occupied the position. Thinking of this, he can only settle down and ask:”Didn’t all the enemies have been resolved, the coal mines have also been occupied, so what else can there be? The problem? Could it be that the enemy counterattacked…”
Before finishing speaking, the other end of the phone said:”When the soldiers of the Third Regiment attacked the coal mine, they rescued two little girls. I’m five or six years old, and I’m still breastfeeding. Our frontline troops can’t take care of them. Commander, what do you think?”
After listening to Nie Rongzhen, he felt relieved and felt that he had saved two. For children, help them find their parents or let them take care of them. He immediately said:”This is easy to handle. You can send a few people to help find the parents of the two children and leave them to them.”
Yang Chengwu on the other end of the phone was stunned, feeling that Nie Rongzhen didn’t understand at all, so he shouted:“Commander Nie, these two children are of Japanese origin and belong to the Japanese deputy stationmaster of Jingxing Railway Station. Both their parents He died, and the breast-feeding baby was injured…”
At this time, Nie Rongzhen fully understood that these two children are Japanese, and their parents are still hostile enemies. Little boss.
At the moment when he understood, Nie Rongzhen was stunned. He hasn’t encountered such a thing in so many years of war. On the one hand, it is the Japanese who abused their compatriots; on the other hand, it is the two small children.
Now, what should he do? But he couldn’t allow him to think about it, and the other end of the phone urged:”What to do, Commander Nie, many of us here say that it doesn’t matter, because they are the children of the enemy, and their country has harmed so many innocent people.”
After listening to Nie Rongzhen, he said decisively:”Our army advocates preferential treatment of prisoners, let alone two children, we must protect them.
Yang Chengwu is embarrassed after listening. Said:”But…”
Nie Rongzhen said:”No, no, you send a few people to send the two children to me, pay attention to safety on the way, In addition, the little one is injured and needs to be taken care of.”
In this way, Mihoko and her sister were sent to Nie Rongzhen.
At this time, Nie Rongzhen has done After his father, he also has a daughter named Nie Li.
For the revolutionary cause, he and his daughter always get together and leave more. In his dreams, he will often dream of his lovely daughter.
In the few days when he was by his daughter’s side, he was also engaged in underground work. He went out early and returned late, and did not accompany his daughter to grow up well.
So when Nie Rongzhen saw these two little girls, his paternal nature was thoroughly aroused.
Always worried about the injured child, Nie Rongzhen first picked up the infant child. When he was sure that there was no problem with the dressing on the little girl, and there was no fever, he was relieved.
Nie Rongzhen’s whole heart softened at the moment he picked up the child. Suddenly thinking of something, he whispered to the guards around him:”You will find a doctor to come over, and then check the child’s body, and then go to the village to ask, find a nurse for the child.”
After the injured little girl was settled, Nie Rongzhen began to look closely at the older little girl, Mihoko.
Mihoko has big eyes and is very cute. She was wearing a striped underwear that day, and there was a trace of anxiety in her eyes.
Nie Rongzhen saw her look , And thought that she had just lost her parents, and felt distressed. He picked up the snow pear beside him and gave it to Mihoko to eat, but Mihoko didn’t pick it up. After a while, people around him reminded Nie Rongzhen and said:”Japanese people may like to be clean, and they have to see it before eating.”
Nie Rongzhen went to fetch water and wash it, and then handed it to Mihoko again. At this time, Mihoko picked up the pear and gnawed it.
Nie Rongzhen looks at Mihozi, lost in thought , And thought of the little girl coming all the way, she must be hungry, so she went to make people cook porridge.
The porridge is ready, and Mihozi eats it spoon by spoon, her eyes full of trust when she looks at Nie Rongzhen.
In this way, Mihoko and her sister lived in the headquarters.
Usually, Mihoko never leaves the ground Following Nie Rongzhen, he completely regarded Nie Rongzhen as his relative. And Nie Rongzhen has been taking care of it all the time.
Nie Rongzhen also likes this child very much, and is even considering whether to raise it by himself.
It’s just that raising two children during the war is not easy. And the two children are in the army, and there is no way to take good care of them.
After careful consideration, Nie Rongzhen made a decision:Send the two children back to Japan.
It’s just that I’m currently fighting with the Japanese army, how to send it back to Japan, this question really stumped Nie Rongzhen.
A few days later, Nie Rongzhen thought of a way. It is unrealistic to send it back to Japan directly. It can be given to Japanese officers and the Japanese can help.
Thinking of this, Nie Rongzhen wrote a letter to the Japanese military officer:”Japanese commanders and soldiers:Japanese rulers are violent and invade China. The war lasted for four years. ……”
Sincerely, it was done in one go, and the letter was written in a short time. After the letter was written, Nie Rongzhen then found a fellow villager and asked him to send the child and the letter to the Japanese military camp in Shijiazhuang.
On the day of leaving, Nie Rongzhen first hugged the younger child, and then touched Mihoko’s forehead. He also asked people to take a bag of snow pears and put them in the basket together.
Before departure, the fellow put the two children in the basket. Nie Rongzhen instructed Mihoko to sit still, drink water and eat pears when she is thirsty, and worry that the villagers will treat them differently, and then ask them to take good care of them.
The scene at the time was exactly like a father sending his two young daughters on a long journey. It was touching and embarrassing.
I glanced at the two children one last time, and said reluctantly:”Go, pay attention to safety.”
These days, Nie Rongzhen has become accustomed to the existence of two children. It’s just that he is worried about the safety and future of the two children.
War has caused two children to lose their parents. If they live here, it will be so difficult for the two children. It may be the best for them to return to Japan.
The fellow villagers lived up to expectations and sent the two children and Xinping to the Japanese military camp.
When this letter was seen by the Japanese translation, his heart could not be calm for a long time. The Japanese officers were shocked when they saw it.
The Japanese military officer was very grateful to Nie Rongzhen, and wrote a reply letter at the same time, saying that he would treat the two children kindly and find their relatives.
Later Mihoko was sent back to Japan , To be raised by her uncle. Mihoko’s younger sister Su Meizi worsened her condition, and unfortunately died in a Japanese military hospital.
Except for the reply from the Japanese officer, there has been no news of Mihoko sisters since Nie Rongzhen, and Nie Rongzhen has always been thinking about Mihoko.
Looking for relatives is a long way, and there is a time when dreams come true
Until the 1980s, the domestic environment has undergone tremendous changes, and Nie Rongzhen’s heart also ignited the hope of finding Mihoko.
In this way, in 1980, the People’s Daily published a report on”Little Japanese Girl, Where Are You”. This article caused a great response in China. , And Japan’s”Yomiuri Shimbun” also reprinted and mobilized people in China to look for it.
After all the hardships, the little Japanese girl Nie Rongzhen was looking for finally found.
She lives in Kyushu, Japan. She is already the mother of three children and runs a small shop with her husband.
In these years, Mihoko is also missing Nie Rongzhen. In 1945, when the Anti-Japanese War was won, Mihoko was only 9 years old. Coupled with the subsequent outbreak of civil wars in our country, Mihoko did not have the conditions to find Nie Rongzhen.
After the founding of New China, Western countries imposed a diplomatic blockade on New China, and Mihoko was unable to get news from Nie Rongzhen.
In 1972, the Sino-US Joint Announcement was published. And Sino-Japanese diplomacy has also begun to be put on the agenda. Mihoko wanted to find her relatives in China, but she had no way of knowing the names of her relatives.
Until the reporter of Yomiuri Shimbun found her, she knew that the people she cared about were also thinking about her.
When she looked at the photos of her childhood in the newspaper, she burst into tears. After 40 years, she still recognized the relatives who took care of her tenderly.
In this year, Mihoko decided to go to China to find her relatives. She immediately contacted the Chinese side.
Not long after, Mihoko and her husband took their three children to China and began the road of acknowledgment.
Nie Rongzhen was very excited when he knew that Mihoko was going to see him.
At this time, Nie Rongzhen is already 80 years old, but his posture is still upright. He wants to receive his”daughter” he has not seen for many years with the best mental outlook. .
Next is the scene at the beginning of the article. Nie Rongzhen meets Mihoko.
Seeing Mihoko again, Nie Rongzhen was deeply moved.
Time flies, the little girl who liked to hold on to her trousers back then is now a young girl, and she is a mother with three children.
Seeing Nie Rongzhen, Mihoko recognized the general who saved her in the past. Facing Nie Rongzhen, Mihoko excitedly didn’t know where to start, she yelled out the words she often yelled in her dreams:”Dad, thank you!”
Many people present were moved to tears.
At this meeting, Mihoko brought a calligraphy and painting:China and Japan Friendly, everlasting. Mihoko said that this sentence represents her heart and the heart of many Japanese people. She hopes that through her own efforts, the relationship between China and Japan can be eased.
Nie Rongzhen said to Mihoko:“I hope that the Chinese and Japanese people can get along with each other in friendship and there will be no more wars.”
Nie Rongzhen and Mihoko are unfortunate, they met under the artillery fire of war; they are fortunate to meet again in the peaceful age of turning war into jade.
On the occasion of parting, Nie Rongzhen gave Mihoko a pair of pine, bamboo and plum span>”Suihan Three Friends Picture”. He hopes that Sino-Japanese relations are like the three friends of Suihan, no matter in adversity or prosperity, they can be full of vitality.
For this painting, Mihoko cherishes it very much. After returning to Japan, she hung the painting in the house.
Since then, Mihoko has come to China many times to contribute to the development of Sino-Japanese relations.
Diplomatic relations between China and Japan are still working hard, and there will be bad news.
On May 14, 1992, Nie Rongzhen passed away. At that time, Mihoko could not come to China to express condolences because of her husband’s health.
She still regrets so far:”I regard Marshal Nie Rongzhen as my father. I rely on my heart and suddenly hear the sad news of his father’s death, but because of the long distance, I can’t move forward. Go, I am deeply sorry.”
Although Nie Rongzhen passed away, the cause of friendship between China and Japan continues.
In 1999, Nie Rongzhen’s 100th birthday, under the promotion of Mihoko and the governments of the two countries, finally led to the formation of Jiangjin City and Mihozi’s hometown. Sister cities.
In 2005, Mihoko came to China again. She said affectionately:”If there were no father Nie Rongzhen, there would be no where I am today.”
Today, Mihoko has become the messenger of the Sino-Japanese friendship and continues to promote the Sino-Japanese friendly relations……..
She said:”I want to fulfill my father’s last wish.”