A wave of attacks on Japanese interests in China now extend to assaults on random innocents, prompting much disquiet amongst Japanese, although no protest from their notoriously assertive government.
The most widely reported incident occurred on a Shanghai street, where Chinese identified a man as Japanese and proceed to toss their ramen in his face, injuring his eye in the process.
Other cases saw a Japanese national being repeatedly kicked in the street, and another having bottles tossed at him.
They boldly advise their nationals to “keep a low profile” and “avoid taking photographs or drawing pictures outside” lest they be arrested as enemy spies.
The attacks appear to be in response to Japan’s “nationalisation” of the Senkaku islands, where the private land owner of the islands shrewdly manipulated the national government into massively outbidding Tokyo’s troublemaking governor Ishihara’s bid to buy the land so as to annoy China, forcing them to buy them if they wanted to continue forbidding Japanese to go there and so avoid annoying their dear Chinese friends.
China has for its part guaranteed the safety of Japanese interests, but with the Chinese press endorsing attacks on Japanese property as legitimate responses to “Japan’s erroneous conduct towards Chinese territory” and with the Chinese government having previously arrested Japanese for “spying” in the last spate of spats, not many Japanese appear convinced.