Chinese Hate for Japan Burns at Fever Pitch

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China has in recent days been convulsed by violent hatred of all things Japanese, with mobs forming in cities throughout China in order to loot and burn anything associated with Japan and its refusal to concede the Senkaku islands to China.

In Beijing 10,000 people menaced the Japanese embassy, and in over 50 cities throughout the country rioters looted and burned anything identified as Japanese.

“Japanese” convenience stores (including 7-11), department stores (coincidentally largely stocked with international luxury brands) and cars – even police cars – have been the most common target of violence:

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Panasonic also reports 2 of its factories were set ablaze and partially destroyed.

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Police guarding Japan’s embassy seem remarkably jovial, and organisations have been providing the mobs with things to throw at the embassy – though “please take no more than 2 eggs each”:

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In another incident, China’s hacker legions apparently defaced the website of Japan’s Supreme Court with a crude Photoshop of a red flag flying over the isles and a message insisting they are Chinese territory, although the actual propaganda value of internationally advertising the legitimacy of their claims through hacking and cyber-crime seems doubtful.

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The leading theory as to why the Chinese government allows such lawlessness (aside from the equally obvious conclusion that it wants to enslave all neighbouring nations in a new Chinese imperial hegemony) is that it is attempting to allow the populace to vent their pent up anger at conditions in China on another country rather than at the corrupt kleptocrats running China itself.

There is however also some suspicion that, much as in the UK in 2011, the mobs are in no small part comprised of opportunistic thieves in it for what they can loot, a fairly notorious tendency amongst poor Chinese:

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For its part, in response to assaults on random Japanese the Chinese government has reassuringly proclaimed “China is a nation of laws and the safety of Japanese citizens is protected by the law.”

As it is so keen to point out, these laws do extend to territory not universally recognised as Chinese – hence it despatching 6 warships to the islands in recent days, although some or all of them apparently departed after being asked to leave by Japan Coast Guard vessels.

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Further drama is expected, as Chinese fishermen have announced they have “a thousand ships” ready to sail on the islands and occupy them, which would presumably either force Japan to repel them or accept a permanent Chinese presence there.

Big business and state companies have also been riding the wave of xenophobia – Chinese state media has unilaterally cancelled all TV commercials from Japanese businesses, although it seems to have stopped short of actually replacing them all with stirring patriotic propaganda.

Another such effort at a boycott saw a major Chinese travel agent group unilaterally cancel the Japanese travel tours of 50,000 of its Chinese customers, with its boss saying he simply could not abide the actions of the Japanese government.

Foreign companies have also been getting in on the action – French food retailer Carrefour’s Chinese stores have reportedly withdrawn all Japanese products from their shelves, and many other shops have taken to sporting signs refusing Japanese entry or making assertions of sovereignty over the isles (although whether these are genuine gestures or jingoistic ardour or merely efforts to avoid being looted and burned to the ground is not clear).

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Even Japanese companies desperate to do business in China have resorted to similar antics – in Shanghai, one Uniqlo store actually resorted to signage proclaiming the Diaoyu isles Chinese – although this probably opens an entirely new can of worms, and indeed Uniqlo has already been the subject of scorn from Japanese online, although most seem to realise only the upper management of most Japanese enterprises operating in China is actually Japanese.

Not infrequently it has been Chinese who have been the ultimate victims of the protests – the reaction of one patriotic Chinese lady upon seeing that the mob she had joined had just destroyed her Japanese car has become a classic:

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    Comment by Anonymous
    05:11 16/09/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    ...so they are attacking their own property and the places where Chinese people work at?
    and why do they need to attack Rolex and Dior , they aren't even Japanese companies.
    it seems they just wanna have some fun destroying things.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:07 16/09/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I tell you at least 70% of those taking part in a riot have no idea about why there is a riot. They just want to be violent and/or loot.
    Srsly. I've heard them saying stuff like " I just wanted to fight the police" and stuff.

    Comment by Wisteria Berlitz
    13:14 16/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    yea...

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:01 16/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    they are taking part in the riot as an excuse so they can steal what they wanted...

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:36 16/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    poor morality :P

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:18 16/09/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Exactly. Just a bunch of dumb animals trying to look for their stupid purpose in life.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:53 16/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wrong. Just a bunch of opportunists looting stuff under the smoke cover of patriotism provided by blind nationalists

    Remember the London riots?

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:54 16/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    But the London riots weren't endorsed by the gov. This one is being spearheaded from the back.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Link with the subject ? You sound like a teenager frustrated of his life who tries to relax by projecting himself on others behind a computer.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:43 17/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    must be chinese to say such idiocy

    Comment by Anonymous

    @11:18

    Spoken like a true dumb animal.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:00 17/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nope nope nope nope.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:36 16/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I know, it's hilarious at how stupid they are.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:58 16/09/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Lol how was it stupid when they're getting good hard cash without having to face repercussions, or even have to put much effort into it at all?

    Riots work as a great excuse for a robbing spree. Just because you like to think you are somehow above and beyond that 'uncivilized behavior' because your city doesn't see regular civil unrest, doesn't mean you won't do the same when placed in given circumstances.

    Believe me most of these people are not idiots or even hate japan, it's just that the society is messed up.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:44 17/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    And thus, the hypocrite of a thief spoketh

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:11 19/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    They are idiots because they are wasting an oppurtunity to take back their country. They have a huge amount of people unified, even if it is for stealing, and instead of fighting their oppressive government and making their life so that they can have the chance to earn what they steal they instead waste it on violence.

    Also, if you think making you country look like racist pigs has zero repercussions your either blind or stupid.

    Comment by Taylor
    Comment by Anonymous
    01:52 20/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Attack on Samsung is epic lol

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    Comment by cpc65
    00:44 17/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Once something like that starts, there's no way to control how far it will go without tear gas, water cannons, dogs, and serious beat downs.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:27 16/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The same reasons as the London riot last year- since when has looting and burning things to the ground got anything to do with the so-called original cause of a man got manslaughtered by an officer?

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:56 16/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    LA has had similar riots over the past 20 years. The primary difference between London, LA, and Beijing though? Population. Los Angeles is 3.8 million. London doubles that at 8.1 million. And Beijing? A staggering 20 million.

    That's a lot of people to draw from in a single metropolitan area.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:49 16/09/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Instead of focusing people's anger in China's real problems, they direct the mob to defend a bunch of rocks. Clever China, clever.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:26 16/09/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    It's pretty sad that the people actually buy into it. Like really, do they personally plan to live on those islands? What do they themselves have to gain from it? National pride? Are they actually proud to live in a country that's turning its own rivers neon red with pollution and intentionally keeping its populace dirt poor? At least the looting makes sense -- it's at least a little better than getting yourself run over then suing the first person who tries to help you.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:01 17/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Turning their rivers red with pollution brings them a sense of pride! lol cos it's red like their flag and dirty like their people

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:34 16/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    well, the island do have oil reserve under it, and it is a important military point. It is where Japan/US would setup their defense system against Chinese Navy or any other threats from the main land. China need a safe passage for their navy into to the pacific. Is just government fanning a bull shit reason for military advantages....

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:58 16/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Proof of oil? Thats the primary cause of China's sudden interest on the islands in the first place.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:17 16/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Oil ? ! Who said something about the oil ? Bitch you cooking ??!"

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:09 16/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Just as water runs downhill, the human heart will always revert to its basest instincts."

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:48 16/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    As life forms capable of mutation, this is entirely untrue. Given a few hundred generations and the right environment stimuli, we could adapt out of our "human heart". Or we may not. Evolution is a very random thing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:47 16/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    You have just explained internet forums. Kudos!

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:12 16/09/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    That's the point!

    Comment by Dark Mage
    04:32 16/09/2012 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Kinda like Orwell's 1984 keep the sheeple distracted from the real issues at hand.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:50 16/09/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    these are CHINESE you're talking about. They haven't figured it out in 70 years, they're not going to start now.

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    Comment by Pyrolight
    05:42 16/09/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    The problem is the people eventually figure out that they have been duped and respond... unpleasantly.

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    Comment by カンチ
    05:05 16/09/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Herding wasn't invented by Orwell. I think we can refer to the control method without bringing up the book.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:07 16/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    @05:05
    Of course not, he wrote his book as a grim reflection on the evils of what (he perceived as) the dangers of communism. His book essentially is a cross over between the USSR and early 20th century Britain as well as some serious conspiracy shit.

    The reason his name gets thrown around so much is that he did a good hypothetical illustration of an Oligarchical society which rules through mass misinformation and brainwashing. We don't have any historical examples for that. Even the USSR allowed for relatively free thought, so long as you didn't oppose party dogma. In 1984, if the party tells you 2+2=5, then 2+2=5. If you even dare to think it's 4, you are a thought criminal and will be sent to room 101.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:51 16/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    11:16
    Funny, that was exactly what the Chinese government did good ol style back in the day.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:16 16/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    If I was there I would have had a gun to shoot everyone in the mob. That would have stopped em.

    Comment by Anonymous

    @11:16

    You'd probably get 4 shots off, hit one and then get beaten to death. You're not Rambo, stop being deluded.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:25 16/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Lol, not clever at all. They ruin their own face which was built over decades. These effort was thrown into the sea. Because next to natural disaster, companies will treat "Chinese aggression" as a threat.

    Of course, the Japanese Gov want to water the situation down to buy more time for their companies to abandon China. That's why China had made very wrong move.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:00 16/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It's an asian tradition. Spit while lying down and blame other people for making them do it when it hits them in the face.

    Comment by Anonymous

    I'm not sure Japan made the right move. Japan has not controlled deflation from contracting their economy. In recent years, their primary countermeasure has been to outsource manufacturing and research straight to China.

    To rub salt into the wounds, Ishihara recently used a large sum of tax payer money to purchase Senkaku, Japanese businesses in China got looted, relationship with China (their largest trading partner) and Taiwan have turned sour, and the government is proposing a significant tax hike in Japan. Really now, is Japan going to be ok?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:07 17/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    China has exploding sidewalks, toilets, bad skyscraper buildings that are not occupied... etc... Why does China need these islands? To extract oil or whatever? For what? Money so they can neglect more of their people? Their people are zombies. They aren't human, they are just there. Why give to that? Do you actually think they'll change? They won't. If anything, the Chinese people should be turned into slaves.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:55 17/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Problem is, Japan's relationship with both North and South Korea are completely broken. They are on shaky terms with Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and Russia as well. The reason is because a lot of these countries have not forgotten nor forgiven Japan's aggressive invasion to fuel its empire's industrial and military growth.

    While it is true that a lot of these countries also do not view China favorably, there is just not enough trust for them to quickly ally with Japan. It is better for them to sit back and watch the drama unfold.

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    Comment by kamehappo
    03:22 17/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ishihara is not PM of Japan, he is Governor of Tokyo.
    Japan can move their Chinese production to Korea,, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, India etc. places.
    That would be a substantial economic loss for China.
    This kind of unrest can also lead manufacturers from other countries leave China.

    Those islands are never worth that much, gas or oil are still unsure resources, before enough researching of them has been done.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:02 16/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    They can't focus the people on real problems because people ARE the problem. Chinese people are easily fooled, naive, buy into their own hype too easily, and act like a deluded fools who think all their ills in life is because police won't let them spit in the street or 'oppress' them by kicking their ass when they mouth off to the cops after getting drunk.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:47 16/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dafuq are you smoking, "because police won't let them spit in the street or 'oppress' them by kicking their ass"? What? So the police won't let them spit on the street, but they'll let them ransack a shopping mall?

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:52 16/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's called politics and leading gullible people by the nose by allowing carefully controlled venue of outlet fucktard. As long as it does not cause critical damage, the return is worth it for the price of few smashed cars and stores.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:03 16/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    And Americans are so smart?! Let's see, you guys voted for W. Bush *twice*! Living in a glass house? Just saying...

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:13 16/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The people are always the problem, everywhere. If you think that your society and you are somehow excluded, then you are on the high end of the naivety scale. Bonus hypocrisy points if you are an American.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:03 17/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Have you seen the mannerisms of a Chinese person against other Asians in a public setting? You'll notice how rude they are. You would think that it's just one family that is like that... but, from experience, all of them are that way.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:19 17/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    There are problems born by the the people anywhere. Then we have the chinese. Scale is different, and also the severity. 5 year old with an arrested development can't hardly criticize twenty something with an occassional coughing problem.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:29 16/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yep, those tiny uninhabited islands effect the lives of practically no one in China. Aside from having some oil deposits nearby, they're mostly useless, and even those aren't all that important considering the massive amount of resources available throughout China. It's all just a situation that's been fabricated to distract the populace from China's real problems.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:49 16/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    So if no one's using your territory, you should just forget it and let who ever wants it to take it?

    Yep, I think you should be the next US president, great logic right there.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:06 17/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    China is not the only one that uses this cheap trick.

    That's _EXACTLY_ the same way the U.S. government diverting people's anger towards the last few invasions to the Middle East instead of fixing their social/economical problems.

    Think of the children/terrorist/drugs etc. Same old shit, just different words.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:38 16/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why not? Worked for Hitler.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:03 16/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Did this Riot repair cost more than money to buy those Islands yet ?
    maybe not now but I don't think these Idiots gonna stop yet so the repair cost gonna rise.

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    Comment by kintama00
    06:35 16/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    the government indeed is..












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