Anti-Chinese Rally in Akihabara – “Expel the Chinese!”

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Akihabara has seen noisy demonstrations by extreme right-wing groups demanding the expulsion of the Chinese from Japan.

The protests took the form of a small march of flag-waving demonstrators through the main Akihabara thoroughfares, though with a few hundred participants at most the rally was a far cry from earlier demonstrations in Shibuya and at the Chinese embassy.

As is often the case with small right-wing demonstrations in Japan, demonstrators were at times in danger of being outnumbered by their police entourage (although with violence at such demonstrations practically unknown this appears to be more for the look of the thing than as a real precaution) – unusually however, the guard may for once have been more than warranted as there are reports of the group behaving belligerently.

A variety of observers photographed the protest:

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The group was much less mainstream than the other recent demonstrations – whereas those demonstrations were organised by “Ganbare Nippon!” with the support of comparatively well known establishment figures espousing only (strongly) nationalist policies, this demonstration was apparently organised by one of the shady extreme right-wing fringe groups known for their black sound trucks and racist xenophobia.

In this case the tone was far more shrill than anything heard at the larger events – placards read “Chinese are the enemies of humanity! The whole world hates them!”, “Chase the Chinese out of Japan!”, and the group massed outside Sofmap, accusing them of being traitors for selling to Chinese tourists.

Some of the demonstration’s literature can be seen below – “Protect Senkaku and Akihabara from Chinese invasion! Hound the traitorous merchants who toady up to the Chinese out of Japan!”

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The choice of Akihabara evidently has much to do with it being a major destination for Chinese tourists – shopping is one of the major draws for tourists from China, and naturally Akihabara tends to feature heavily in this kind of travel itinerary, with there being large numbers of stores specialising in hawking duty-free electronic merchandise to largely Chinese shoppers.

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Whilst the group in question is clearly less than sensible, their reasoning in targeting such stores is not entirely unsound – two of the major economic interest groups supporting Japanese appeasement of China are manufacturers with big investments in China, and the domestic tourist/retail industry, hungry for more visitors as it is.

Naturally, covering the event was out of the question for the media – reports were largely limited to Akihabara workers grumbling about the real world impinging upon their fantasy realm or the possible loss of business from annoying the Chinese.

With Chinese aggression plain for all to see and a government whose diplomatic policy towards China appears to be that of a vassal to its master, a more ideal breeding ground for resurgent Japanese nationalism could hardly be envisaged.


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    Comment by Anonymous
    11:16 19/10/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    racism + nationalism = assholes

    Waiting for celestial being to begin armed intervention.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:04 19/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    so peoples only watch the mechas only for the robots :p and not for the meaning of the stories ??
    should know war will only made more hates ....

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:32 19/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I would rather choose war than a false peace.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:41 06/07/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Then go to war and die then :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:01 19/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    you watch to much Gundam 00 :p

    so long G5 is still excise nothing is going to chance :p

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    Comment by steev
    11:34 19/10/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    And here I thought it was just US politics that was filled with crazy people. It's just the world is full of crazies.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:04 19/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The argument is much based on territory and nationalism. US politics on the other hand is the fuckin definition of Madness fused with Insanity birthing Crazy motherfucking hypocrites.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:38 19/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The only real way to settle this conflict appears to be to find another entity that both nations can direct their hatred and anger towards.

    *looks at Korea*

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:06 19/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    East Asians need to get over themselves.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:30 19/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    North or South?

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:06 06/07/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Preferably North Korea

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:40 19/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japanese Xenophobia and Racism at it's finest.

    Oh who cares.. the Chinese are yelling pretty much the same thing in the Mainland...

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:32 19/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    you should check out some of the korean protests, its the dumbest most xenophobic racist shit I've ever seen.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:16 19/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's right. There's stupids in both countries.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:36 19/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's humanity, I hear ya.

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    Comment by ntbxp
    11:02 19/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well guys, one part of the reaction of 2ch...here they are!!
    Sauce: 2ch copypasta blog.
    tp://news020.blog13.fc2.com/blog-entry-970.html

    109:Why the * is using sofmap attack to revenge?

    327:What the fucking relation with sofmap and senkaku?
    Protest is free but don't make problems to the others.

    331:Poor shop manager

    3:It is a revenge to a atack against Japanese cooking managed by chinese.

    13:Too indirect lol

    29:I can see only as yakuza.

    31:joking aside it is awful... I thought that was a moderated demo first time.

    38:They attacked wrong persons so don't get public opinion as ally.
    Their looks are very bad so should at least have more prudence about their actions.

    46:What the * Sofmap has did?
    Really, this is a nasty group.
    What they think usually every day?

    680:It's forcible obstruction of business. Arrest them.

    55:I cant understand the brains what think put this shit in the net and will gain support of society.

    132 I was laughting about chinese attacking itoyokado but now I can't laught them. Really mental illned, those *ers.

    59:They want it go to the media? They are crazy.

    60:Why attack sofmap! They should attack traitor politicians like Sengoku, are they dumbass?

    66:Is it zaitokukai?
    Channel Sakura was getting to be accepted at great pains and now the anti-china protest's image is completely destroyed!!

    87:Who got more damage of it was the Channel Sakura what are making protests correctly, piecefully.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:13 19/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's common. If 2 country relationship is about to crash, only fool will stay and bear the anger of the public. For their safety, just fucking return to the land where "no dogs and Japanese" allow.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:58 19/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow man!

    This site is like the english counterpart of 2ch, based on some comments here :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:19 19/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Except one side is actually Japanese and the other is Wapanese.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:03 19/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm chikyuujin myself.

    I predict at least 3 sarcasm detector failures.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:53 19/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Finally! some patriotism from the younger generation!

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:59 19/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why are people assuming these were Otakus? It's pretty clear from the article that this was some fringe right wing group that came to spread propaganda. It's not like this doesn't happen every day in Japan (the black vans). The same going on here in the US with the "Tea Party".

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:43 19/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Its the Illuminati I tell you the ILLLUMINAATTIIIIIIII!!!!!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:53 19/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I too often feel inclined to hate the chinese, I mean, they look at em and how they behave.
    If it wasn't for that damn cheap labour and all the mineral resources they have.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:10 19/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't hate the people. Most humans have a sheep-like mindset. That doesn't apply only to Chinese, but to pretty much everyone. If you hate them, you will have to hate anyone who isn't an idealist or opportunist.

    Direct your hatred at the last group. They are the ones responsible for fucking most things up.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:12 18/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    nope sheeps to good for them they are monkey plus the have monkeys there too so it fits them

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    Comment by w334b00
    08:45 19/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can understand Chinese having animosity towards Japanese what with what happened during WWII, but I don't understand vice versa. It must be purely butthurt and envy that China didn't end up America's bitch. :(

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:16 19/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    small dicked island nations.

    historically, they were always aggressive and xenophobic by nature, since their island-origin forced them to invade other continental countries to expand and to secure their resources.

    Japan is a extreme case thereof.

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

    mope i think it applies to every nation retard

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:02 19/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Uyoku dantai involvement? I see the black vehicles...

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:05 19/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I say it's good that there's a lot more police presence there, but I'm surprised there are no counter-protests however, to not report it could be seen as com pliancy on part of the media.

    If this thing starts to pick up steam it could be a problem, and don't say it won't happen, look what happened to the tea party.. and we all know how much a bunch of right wing nutjob racists those guys are!

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:24 19/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    No counter protest because it's not a serious movement to normal people.

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    Comment by Niwa
    08:24 19/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Shit just got real.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:18 19/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is getting pretty fkn stupid. they better start growing up before people start getting hurt.

    right around the time i wanted to visit japan too...

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:17 19/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Imagine this:
    Some foreign power, captures your country's innocent citizens out of clearly political motives, claims ownership on land that have been in possession of your country for 50+ years, and tells you to fuck off. All attempts at diplomacy fail. What would you do?
    If you just thought of a violent solution, then you my friend are a hypocrite.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:11 18/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    well what i will do is i would hack all media network in china and publicly nuke the island in front of their faces and say to them you can have it with the best angelic face i could do with out doing the fuck you face

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:39 19/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Haha Japs getting buttmad.

    When I encounter these right-wing fuckers some times in Japan, I would just troll the fuck out of them by blocking their way and tell them to suck my chinese dick.

    They want my money? Then they should fucking beg for it.

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    Comment by w334b00
    08:58 19/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I've been noticing on the internet Chinese talk a lot of shit. Worse than a Filipino or the average troll. You should be ashamed for being so lame. ):

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:13 19/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Truth hurts, bud.

    Japan with their absolutely shit economy and 200% debt in relation to their GDP cannot piss off their customer China too much...

    Me, as a Chinese tourist in Japan, could just deny them my money if they piss me off with their racism. And there's nothing they can do about it.

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    Comment by w334b00
    09:22 19/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I was commenting about the shit talking, not about your delusion about being in Japan and having money.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:08 18/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    if you have that much fucking money at least use it so your fucking shitty shit generic things get at least a +1 on it -100000000000000 quality chart

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:23 19/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You're not helping.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:13 19/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, you've just been noticing a small subset of the Chinese that tend to be ignorant and parade their nationality. There are a lot of intelligent things on the internet written by Chinese, and you wouldn't guess it if you didn't know. Chinese people have pretty avarege intelligence, which means there are a lot of really smart people in there, many more than say... the US or EU.

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    Comment by Tallgeese_VI
    10:00 19/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Now that Akibahara disapproves of chinese to set foot there, chinese otaku's might be done for.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:26 19/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The factory will sell knockoffs directly in Hong Kong.Close enough.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:00 19/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hey Hey I know..... Weren't all these Japanese people 1/1023124592 Chinese?

    HAHA!

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:16 19/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    far out this bs is gna kill my holiday in decemeber

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    Comment by motaku96
    09:47 19/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    2ch massive meet up?
    Best way to keep them in line is to send maids out to them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:19 19/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    And all my figures are made in China these days...

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:43 19/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The island is china

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:13 18/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    next thing you say asia is china








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