Chinese Media Compares Japan PM To "Terrorists And Fascists"; Blasts Abe's Homage To "Devils", Urges Boycott
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 12/27/2013 08:07 -0500
On Thursday, Japan prime minister Shinzo Abe stunned the world by defying everyone - including the EU and the US whose embassysent a tersely worded letter in which is said that it is "disappointed that Japan's leadership has taken an action that will exacerbate tensions with Japan's neighbors" - when he visited the Yasukuni Shrine where Japanese leaders convicted as war criminals by an Allied tribunal after World War Two are honored along with those who died in battle, for the first time in 7 years. The response was fast and furious. Below, courtesy of Reuters, is a snapshot of the morning after in the Chinese media. The reviews of Abe's action were not glowing.
In an editorial headlined "Abe's paying homage to the devils makes people outraged", the Chinese military's People's Liberation Army Daily said Abe's action had "seriously undermined the stability of the region".
"On one hand, Abe is paying homage to war criminals, and on the other hand, he talks about improving relations with China, South Korea and other countries," the newspaper said. "It is simply a sham, a mouthful of lies.
"Today, the Chinese people have the ability to defend peace and they have a greater ability to stop all provocative militarism."
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Abe's visit to the shrine "has already attracted the Chinese people's ire and denunciation".
"How can a person who is not willing to face up to their own history, to facts, win the trust of the international community or cause people to believe he has a role to play in maintaining regional and global peace and stability?" Hua said at a daily news briefing.
In a separate commentary published under the pen name "Zhong Sheng", or "Voice of China", the Communist Party's People's Daily said: "History tells us that if people do not correctly understand the evils of the fascist war, cannot reflect on war crimes, a country can never (achieve) true rejuvenation."
The Global Times, an influential nationalistic tabloid owned by the People's Daily, urged China to shut its door to Abe and other Japanese officials who have visited the shrine this year.
"If condemnations are China's only recourse, then the nation is giving up its international political rights easily," the newspaper said. "Ineffective countermeasures will make China be seen as a 'paper tiger' in the eyes of the rest of the world.
"In the eyes of China, Abe, behaving like a political villain, is much like the terrorists and fascists on the commonly seen blacklists."
A survey on China's Sina Weibo microblogging site on Thursday showed that almost 70 percent of respondents would support a boycott of Japanese goods, with many users expressing outrage at the shrine visit. The survey was later removed.
And yet, all of this appears set to blow over since China, like America, is now more focused on daily noise: the topic was not one of the most talked about on Weibo, with people being more distracted by the latest celebrity gossip and the upcoming new year.
Japanese Automakers Prepare For Abe 'Shrine Visit' Blowback
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 12/26/2013 09:22 -0500
Japanese automakers may have regained some of their lost ground in China, though the recovery has come at a cost as they sacrifice profit for volume, but Abe's shrine visit may spark a repeat of last year when consumers boycotted Japanese cars, and thousands of Japanese cars were vandalized and businesses attacked by mobs (after the Senkaku debacle began). “The Japanese government is always making trouble," notes on potential Chinese car buyer, adding, "there are so many other choices, so why them? I know most of them are made in China now, but why help them make money?" In Shanghai, the Japanese consulate urged its nationals to be cautious as there’s arisk of worsening sentiment given the “strong anti-Japanese” tone in Chinese media reports.
Japanese automakers are bracing for a potential consumer backlash should tensions with China escalate after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited a shrine memorializing war-dead on Chairman Mao Zedong’s birthday....Nissan Motor Co. said it was “closely monitoring” developments in Japan-China ties after Abe’s visit. The appearance at Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine, which honors the war-dead including 14 World War II leaders convicted as Class-A war criminals, drew a condemnation from China. Shares of Japan’s three biggest automakers rose today in Tokyo trading....Toyota Motor Corp. (7203) and Honda Motor Co. reported their first annual sales declines in China last year after the Japanese government purchased a group of disputed islands from their private owner, sparking nationwide protests and a consumer backlash. Today’s visit by Abe coincides with the 120th birthday of Mao, with Chinese leaders including President Xi Jinping honoring the founder of the communist state.“We’re still at a stage where we need to carefully monitor the impact, but it’s obvious that this only has a negative impact on Japan,”...“They chose today to visit the shrine, which makes it even harder for Chinese people to accept,” said Cui Dongshu, deputy secretary-general of the Shanghai-based Passenger Car Association. “The signal they are sending is very dangerous. It will deter some buyers as they may worry about the safety issue of their car and even themselves if the political environment worsens.”...At the height of last year’s demonstrations, hundreds of riot police watched over groups of protesters as they gathered outside the Japanese consulate chanting, “down with Japan devils, boycott Japanese goods, give back Diaoyu,” using the Chinese name for the group of islands in the East China Sea....Thousands of Japanese cars were vandalized and businesses attacked by mobs in last year’s demonstrations....Two dealerships selling Toyota and Honda vehicles in Qingdao in eastern China were set on fire by anti-Japanese protesters last year, while many owners of Japanese-brand cars pasted Chinese flags or patriotic slogans on their vehicles in the hope of avoiding being attacked.
And a brief reminder of what happened last time...
"JAPANESE GUESTS ARE NOT CURRENTLY BEING ACCOMMODATED BY OUR HOTEL"
Rioters smash cars, burn buildings
Rioters smash cars, burn buildings
A man in Xi'an holds a sign that reads CAR SMASHINGS AHEAD, JAPANESE CAR OWNERS SHOULD TURN BACK NOW