Thanks for all your comments on this difficult topic. It looks as though things are starting to calm down a bit now, but a lot of damage has been done to Japanese companies who are operating in China. I can’t imagine that any Chinese person would dare to buy a Japanese car at the moment for fear of being attacked, so this could continue to have serious consequences for Japan even after all of the fuss has died down.
Many Japanese people seem to believe that Chinese and Korean people have been “brainwashed” by their governments into hating Japan. There is probably an element of truth in this, but it is important to think about the situation here in Japan as well. Many people, including Japanese historians, have complained about the use of school textbooks that give only a very narrow viewpoint of events leading up to World War II. The reason that protests in China peaked on Tuesday this week was that it was the anniversary of an incident in 1931 where the Japanese army attacked a Japanese railway in order to give them an excuse to invade China. This is still a huge issue for Chinese people, but I wonder how many Japanese people have ever even heard of it.
I know that these things happened a long time ago, but can you imagine how you would feel if the Chinese army had invaded your country, killed and/or raped your grandparents, and made them all learn Chinese instead of Japanese? (I’m not saying whether this happened or not because I don’t know, but that is what Chinese people and Western people are taught in history classes.) And can you further imagine how you would feel if there was a Chinese politician now saying that it wasn’t really as bad as all that, and anyway, China was a victim too? How would you feel about Chinese people if the politician saying that was one of the most popular in China? I think you would naturally assume that what he was saying reflected the views of the general population. Anyway, I’m not saying that the Chinese are correct to hold these opinions, just that it is not difficult to understand why they do.
I think everyone knows that the Chinese government has stirred up these feelings and organised the demonstrations, but I can’t help thinking that the situation is not helped by Japanese people not really understanding why their country is so hated in the first place. Anyway, I hope this all turns out to be a storm in a teacup and that some kind of resolution can be reached regarding the islands.
Here is some feedback on your comments.
Sorry, this is not related with the topic…
Sorry, this is nothing to do with the topic…
I understand that other countries are watching carefully what actions we will take.
I understand that other countries are watching us carefully to see what we will do.
As far as I know, lots of countries the U.S. “helped” are still in chaos.
LOL. Very true! Actually, that is a very good example of how to use “quotation marks.”
I am worried about the situation between Japan and China very much.
I am very worried about…
I don’t want to say something patronizing, but I feel they are a bit ungrateful too much.
I don’t want to seem patronizing, but I feel they are a bit ungrateful.
I heard that some of the rioters didn’t know even where the Senkaku Island are.
That’s true, although I don’t think a lot of Japanese people knew either, yet they still supported Ishihara and his plan to buy them.
The Japanese Government should do now is show the stance “a wait-and see approach” calmly and appeal Japan’s stance and the situation firmly toward not only to China but also to the world.
The Japanese government should take a “wait-and-see” approach and make Japan’s case for ownership of the islands not only to China, but also to the world.
I read the article what you had mentioned in yesterday’s newspaper.
I read the article you mentioned.
As other members said,this demonstration has lots of causes to be bigger and worse than before.
As some of the other commenters said, there are many reasons why these demonstrations are bigger and worse than previous ones.
Do they know that their government is maneuvering them??
Probably not, but all governments do this, including Japan. How many Japanese people even knew about these islands before Ishihara started making a lot of noise about them? He knew what kind of response it would draw from China, and he knew the affect that would have on Japanese public opinion. He has basically succeeded in getting the Japanese public behind his nationalist agenda. He is certainly a very clever politician.
I hope it will be possible, but it’s not easy to have a good relationship with people who hate us.
That’s true, but the first step is to make sure all Japanese people understand why Chinese people hate them.
I’m afraid I don’t have much knowledge to give my opinion about this matter.
I’m afraid I don’t know enough to give my opinion about this matter.
Some stupid Japanese threw stones to three Chinese restaurants in Japan.
threw stones at…
I heard that suits at the international court between…
I hear that cases at the international court between…
This is not a child fight, right?
I’m afraid it’s very similar!
I heard from my mother that she cared a bit where to live when my brother started school.
My mother told me that she thought a bit about where to live when… (A-Z: hear from)
I think some countries will not listen to the things what the international court decides.
I think there are some countries who would not abide by the international court’s rulings.
By the way, today I found on the internet that Japan War-Bereaved Assosiation is a big supporter of the Liberal Democratic Party.
I didn’t know that, but I’m not surprised.
I mean, do they know about the good things what Japanese did for China???
Probably not. What people know tends to depend on what they were taught at school, and in China as in Japan, that is carefully controlled by the government.
I’m glad to hear that you seem chose a good kindergarten.
I’m glad to hear that you seem to have found a good kindergarten. (A-Z: seem)
That’s all for now. If any of you live in Gifu, I will be presenting at a conference here on Sunday. You can read about it in the “news” on the home page.
Have a great weekend.