China & Korea Refuse To Attend 3/11 Memorial


China and South Korea are facing intense criticism in Japan after both nations refused to attend the official 2nd anniversary memorial service for the 3/11 tragedy, with China even going a step further and criticising Japan for allowing Taiwan to present a wreath at the ceremony.

The Japanese government’s 2nd anniversary memorial service for the tragedy of 3/11 saw victims of the disaster joined by the prime minister and emperor.

However, amongst the over 150 other nations joining the service, two were conspicuously absent – China and South Korea both refused to send representatives.

Japan’s foreign ministry merely comments that “it was the Chinese side’s decision.” China has not given any reason for its decision, and nor has Korea.

The previous year’s service saw Taiwan excluded from the nations providing wreaths as a gesture of appeasement towards China, a decision which was widely criticised in Japan given the extremely sympathetic attitude of Taiwan in response to the tragedy.

This year, likely helped along by the presence of an LDP government and China’s continuing provocations, Taiwan was allowed to present a wreath and announced together with the other participating countries – tacitly acknowledging its independence and infuriating China into the bargain.

China denounced the change, saying it was “firmly opposed” to “any violation of the principles of the joint declaration” and voicing its “intense dissatisfaction and protest” against the development, although it has not gone so far as to tie the two events together.

Online there has been almost universal condemnation (some are evidently happier with them staying away) of both nations, with efforts to politicise attendance at such an event being seen as in the worst possible taste.

Perhaps not coincidentally, the 11th also saw reports of Chinese patrol ships once again circling the disputed Senkaku islands.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    01:48 12/03/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Let's just admit it:

    Everybody in Asia is a dick to each other.
    Fucking bad neighborhood.

    No one's a good guy, everybody's a bad guy and they're just shitting on each other.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:13 12/03/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    And to think some two centuries ago it was the Europeans who were acting this way.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:26 12/03/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    well no...we didnt just hate each other, we fought the wars instead of just threatening everyone :X

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:46 20/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    dude, you should chill out on the racism. its a bit much.

    Comment by Anonymous

    these yellow skins had the balls to fight to death centuries ago before most of the western Germanic nations could even call themselves civilised.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:59 13/03/2013 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    Exactly. When will these yellow piss skins actually get the balls to fight it to death like they always say they want to do?

    Fight already. We can always move our factories to india or deep south east asia. Or even russia. World doesn't need east asia more than east asia needs the world to buy its cheap shit. Remember when US just printed a bunch of dollars out of no where and china took the inflation hit?

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:37 12/03/2013 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    and they still do.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:17 12/03/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    naw, we don't

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:55 21/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Asians could learn a lot about civility and maturity from the Europeans.. and that's sad.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:50 14/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    yeah you do. Just sayin'.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:07 12/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Reminds me of that Family Guy sketch, where God presents "The Asian" to a group of businessmen:
    "Also, there'll be different varieties that all hate each other for some reason."

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:06 12/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Korea will blow up one way or another, but status quo with maybe more deaths per year from aggressive actions on civilians will make things more exciting.

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    Comment by Myballz
    16:29 12/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Korea and China still have resentment towards Japan since World War 2.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:28 12/03/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    So history only starts at 1930?

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:02 13/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, it starts at the turn of the century.

    ...more seriously, it starts at the point in which the oldest people's parents could start remembering things. That or whatever delivers political expediency on the domestic front.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:16 13/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    You sir are right. Asians is just a bunch of racist for each other but always pretend to be nice in front of others.

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    Comment by warjoke
    22:22 14/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Meanwhile in Sabah, Malayasia...

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:26 13/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    They are merely just trying to find a purpose of their existence. So why not fight against each other to pass the time?

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:14 12/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    This pretty much explains everything in a nutshell.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Tell me more about how USA and Mexico love each other.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:39 12/03/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Drugs, booze and whores make any country get along with it's neighbor.

    That applies both ways.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:14 12/03/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Don't forget the guns and cheap labor! >.>

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:03 13/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Please don't review the Mexican American War then.

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    Comment by Disco Laserparrot
    13:24 12/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    When US troops start bayoneting pregnant Mexican women in the womb and then raping them as they bleed to death, you'll have a valid argument. Until then, there's no comparison between any petty animosity that the US and Mexico and the level of rage that China has for Japan.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:01 21/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why would any sane person rape someone *after* bayoneting them, that seems unnecessarily messy and unpleasant.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:52 12/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Those filthy immigrants are taking our jobs!

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:03 21/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes, I know how badly you want to cut grass or pick strawberries..

    How dare they take jobs that make my life easier, damn immigrants! */sarcasm*

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:43 12/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    compared to japan and china they do

    Comment by Taylor
    11:01 12/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    We have no problem with Mexians. Tequila and tacos wtf thats a party. We also love Canada, South Americas cool with us sup brazil. Don't confuse us with Asia, we limit those types to 3 or 4 piece of shit states google Alabama.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:16 12/03/2013 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    meh, as long as Japan keeps on producing their anime and manga, i'll look at them in a better light than the other two >.>

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:39 12/03/2013 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    no, just like all american is obese, it is wrong assumption, some countries may be bad at neighbrhood, but not asia as continent

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    Comment by Katsura
    00:31 12/03/2013 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Asian countries have a habit of having relics in charge.

    Old men hold old grudges they say.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:44 12/03/2013 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Age is not a problem. Everybody gets olds, regardless of how open minded they are.

    It's the way people elect governments that lies in the root of the issue.

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    Comment by alidan
    10:35 12/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    but in asian countries age is revered whether earned or not.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:50 13/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just like how their 'pride' is revered by themselves whether it's earned or not.

    Infantile people with infantile attitudes. No wonder the rest of the world thinks of them as their personal cumdumpsters.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:15 13/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe I misunderstand you meaning, but I don't you can blame the China side based on how it is elected... given that it isn't really elcted.

    I would correct your statement as follows.

    "Age is not the problem. Its the way people are in charge of governments."

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:23 12/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    >>It's the way people elect governments


    Comment by Anonymous
    01:17 18/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Chinese government does get elected... by itself... but hey, it still is a kind of "election".

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:43 12/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Not really. It's more that asians tend to propogate grudges to their children. So the grudges that should have been forgiven and forgotten continue on.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:00 13/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Uh, of course I meant "that still hold grudges".

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:59 13/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes, just Asians. There aren't many young Westerners around that hold no grudges against Germany or Japan.

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    Comment by Mauvais
    18:58 13/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes, but the rest of us refer to them as bigots and morons.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:46 12/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well the issue with Taiwan is, Taiwan used to be a city in China. China sees Taiwan as its territory, and not as an autonomous state. They're essentially a rebel holdout of the pre-communist old regime, and as long as they exist, they're a threat to mainland china. China does not want to acknowledge they're an independent state that is running separate from China. Likewise, Taiwan sees themselves as the true China. That attitude as faded as they accept they are now a little island nation.

    It's just like how North Korea does not see South Korea as a legitimate country, and vice versa. But as a divided state. Has nothing to do with grudges. It's about territory and control.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:58 12/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    That attitude will never fade. Never in Hong Kong, nor in Taiwan.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:58 13/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's actually simpler than that... neither side wants to admit defeat, and both sides want to see the two sides united (albeit on their own terms). As a result, the civil war is technically STILL ongoing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:51 13/08/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    A City? Taiwan is too big to be just a "city".
    Also Taiwan does not see it self as the "true Cina".
    Get your facts right.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:07 21/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Taiwan is to China as Canada is to the US. Enough said.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:39 12/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's quite interesting. My grandfather does not hold any grudges against Japan. He was in Hong Kong during the Japanese occupation and considering how my grandmother's sisters 'disappeared' during the occupation (and forced to work as comfort women) would have been more than enough to really fuel old grudges against Japan.

    But I remember one thing my grandparents said to me and it stuck.

    "Some people may hold on to the past but you shouldn't. There has to be at least one party willing to mediate and hold on to the future so that future generations can be happy and learn from the past's gruesome mistakes."

    I think that's the best I can translate from Cantonese.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:47 15/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    More people like your grandparents will make the world a better place.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:21 18/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Luckily those are the kind that survive. The rest, tend to try and kill each other, which is fine.

    Comment by Taylor
    10:54 12/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Asian kids are all racist against each other too. They're all morons arguing over which ching chong is better. Ah now I sound a little racist.

    Ironically no one else in the world cares or can even tell the difference between them. They can't always either, don't let them fool you. Lul.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:16 12/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    They also hold the power.

    Comment by Anonymous

    and everyone in east asia is going to fucking die because of these stupid old men and their grudges
    although, to be fair, when it comes to the anti-youth scumbags that run japan that's probably exactly what they fucking want.

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    Comment by Nova

    Sure, because the American senate is full of hip young 20 year-olds, right?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:39 12/03/2013 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    or... idk.....they're too busy with the DMZ situation in NK/SK. It's japan's issue, who cares if china or korea went. They can QQ alone

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