Every visit to the Yasukuni Shrine by the Prime Minister of Japan, enflames all of Japan’s past war crimes. Enshrined are 14 Class A War Criminals (See the list here at China.org.cn of course!) among plenty of soldiers. A possible future PM, Shinzo Abe recently visited the shrine, possibly causing a stir with both Chinese and Koreans during this island dispute. Here are a few photos from a visit in 2010. (CNN – Yasukuni Shrine)
It’s October and most of Asia is gearing up for the Moon Festival. To celebrate the holiday, ultra-nationlists are kicking off the season the only way they can: with Anti-Japanese moon cakes. Stamped across are the phrases: “Kill Japanese,” “Eat Japanese,” “Kick out Japanese,” and “Hate Japanese.” What’s with all the hostility? The two countries have unsettled territorial disputes over rocks–I mean–islands called Senkaku or Diaoyu depending on where you stand on the issue. It’s reopening old wounds from the past from Japan’s colonization of the country. Tensions boiled over when the Japanese Government nationalized their purchase of the islands. Demonstrations, riots, and protests raged across the Middle Kingdom. People driving Japanese cars were yanked from their vehicles and beaten by...
Chinese American protestors took to the streets to protest the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands in Asia. Nothing exceptional that hasn’t been reported before, but squint your eyes and you can see a sign reading, “GTFO JAPS.” Brilliant way to win people over to your cause.
It looks like an island paradise, but it’s not. China says it’s been theirs since the 14th century, Japan says it’s been theirs since 1895. China and Japan are fighting over them, and here’s one breakdown by the Christian Science Monitor that explains some typical questions. (CSM – Senkaku)