Chinese Media Compares Japan PM To "Terrorists And Fascists"; Blasts Abe's Homage To "Devils", Urges Boycott

Tyler Durden's picture

On Thursday, Japan prime minister Shinzo Abe stunned the world by defying everyone - including the EU and the US whose embassy sent 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.

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ACP's picture

Chinese prpaganda sounds oh so much like MSNBC.

GetZeeGold's picture



It's on like Donkey Kong.

Harlequin001's picture

It's time someone bombed it...

Canadian Dirtlump's picture

unlike mslsd they are exactly and precisely correct. abe is a rabid nationalist who just venerated a shrine dedicated to war criminals.

Fire Angel's picture

Taiwan views both sides as a bunch of idiotic warmongering clowns. It's clear that the brainwashed masses in China are being led down the prim-rose path to economic destruction. It's simply a distraction from China's lack of a real economy. At least the Chinks have enough sense to stack. Twinks? Not so much, largely due to our "fearless" leader, Ma-tong "retake the motherland" Ying-jeou. Black swans are circling. Hedge accordingly. 

Fire Angel 

Dr. Engali's picture

The stupidity in this world is amazing to watch. People get worked up over Abe visiting a shrine or comments made by a man on Duck fucking Dynasty, in the mean time their owners pillage their country blind while the sheep are distracted with made up scandals. Simply amazing to watch.

SmallerGovNow2's picture

My thoughts exactly Doc... 

LetThemEatRand's picture

I may actually watch a show called Duck Fucking Dynasty.  Sounds kind of interesting.

Tag line:  "Duck Fucking Dynasty.  Where every day is duck fucking season."

Harlequin001's picture

Well at the end of the day the ducks are certainly fucked, but not necessarily in the biblical sense...

Dr. Bonzo's picture

Facism... urhm... let's see... leader worship... govt-conglomerate collusion... extreme nationalism... overt militarism... subversion of civilian leadership...

You'd think after placing so high on all those intl academic studies the geniuses in China would be a little more careful with the casual name hurling... great firewall or no... the place isnt exactly North Korea any more...

Those that live in glass pagodas blah blah blah....




eddiebe's picture

Japan is one of US's lap-dogs. Interesting how they are played off against what could arguably be the next super evil US. enemy China.

rwe2late's picture

 Abe's shrine visit is comparable to a German chancellor visiting the graves of  NAZI war leaders to honor them.

Moreover, this is not simply symbolic, but part of real US-backed Japanese re-militarization and the US Asian Pivot to "contain" China economically and militarily.
A re-militarized Japan has the technological capability to swiftly possess nuclear weapons.
Conveniently, the Fukushima cover-up  helps serve excuse for martial laws in Japan,
just as the "drug war" has served 'helpful' excuse for imposing martial laws in the US.

Of course, some will say the Chinese are "over-reacting". That assertion will be based no doubt on the alleged non-aggressive historical record of Japan and the US.

Before introducing any boycott, China should take a few lessons from the US government about what constitutes a "real" threat deserving boycott, like Cuba. Or even more serious, what constitutes a military threat of "imminent" attack with "weapons of mass destruction", like Iraq.

Mine Is Bigger's picture

While Abe's move was stupid, Yasukuni Shrine is nothing like graves of NAZI war leaders.  It is a Shinto shrine first and foremost.  I imagine it would be the equivalent of the main church in a Christian country.  It does have graves of war criminals, but the shrine also honors ordinary solders.

rwe2late's picture

Don't be obtuse.

This is not the case of some forgive-the-sinners religious leader,

Shinto or otherwise, wanting to pray for the souls of the dead.

Abe is a political leader who believes the Japanese did nothing wrong in WW2,

and wants to re-militarize Japan (with US government blessing).

DeliciousSteak's picture

All countries respect and honor their "heroes", even if they have dubious actions in their record. Only Germany was beaten and raped thoroughly enough to make them completely submit to their former foes and thrash their "heroes". Of course if your "heroes" happened to be on the winning side it doesn't matter if they killed millions of their own citizens or committed genocide to "force the enemy out of the war" - people will consider their dubious actions justified or irrelevant.

Peter Pan's picture

One wonders how future US presidents might be judged if they should visit the grave of some US president who made an art and a habit out of drones killing civilians.

WTFx10's picture

We build librarys for our War criminals, they get free health care that pay for new hearts, body guards and a nice fat pension.

Nobody says a word except one Exceptional

Random's picture

The whole premise of this (and other similar articles) regarding "international tensions" is pure bullshit. International tensions are ONLY possible if the leaders of those countries operate of their own accord (and i am not even going into discussions about the leader's wishes vs. the wishes of the people) but as we have established already (see Zerohedge at all for additional information) the leaders of the major powers (countries) are PUPPETS.


Things will happen as the puppeteers decide, regardless of the bullshit delivered by the richly payed ACTORS. In the last few months the focus was changed from Middle East (for whatever reason their Syrian gambit failed) to Far East. Better watch out the other hand as the Far East one is a distraction. Btw, i have no clue what the other hand is doing or what could it be doing but bullshit like China vs. Japan/Us war doesn't fly with me anymore.



22winmag's picture

Stop it with the kvetching. Visiting the graves of dead soldiers is not the same as visiting the graves of genocidal political leaders.


As far as I'm concerned, piss on Chairman Mao and piss on Lincoln!

suteibu's picture

It is important to remember that in 2009 the Japanese elected Hatoyama who won an historic vote on the promise to create more equal relationships with both China and the US.  Included in this promise was to reopen negotiations with the Chinese over joint exploration of the seabed surrounding the Senkaku Islands and a reduction of US troops on Okinawa (He wanted to move the troops to mainland sites).  He was snubbed by Obama on his first visit to the US in the early Autumn and subsequently scourged in the US press which labeled him "loopy" (Washington Post - the same people who backed the inexperienced messiah Obama).   The US administration continued to ignore and belittle Hatoyama and he was effectively ousted in June 2010.  Kan replaced Hatoyama in June and immediately declared two things, i) that US troops would stay on Okinawa and ii) that the US security treaty was the core of Japanese diplomacy in Asia.  Obama welcomed him with open arms, Japan's relationship with China turned south and 3 months later, the Japanese arrested a Chinese fishing boat captain in the waters surrounding the Senkakus (waters traditionally fished by many area nations), thus leading up to where we are now.

Since Hatoyama's ouster, every PM has bent over backward to give the US what it wants.  The US has the person in power that they want in Japan.  They should hardly complain about the outcome.


TradingTroll's picture

Abe honoring convicted war dead is shocking. Just like Mandela was honored.

q99x2's picture

Chinese propaganda and American propaganda and German propaganda all sound like propaganda. Sound bites, pictures and stories that not even an autistic person could believe. That's CNBC, MSNBC, CNN and that's why people are shutting them out and reading ZH instead.

Well at least with ZH you get to think about which articles were written for profit and which ones were written for truth.

Joebloinvestor's picture

He was checking out his new digs.

He may still be alive when they bury him there.

Jack Burton's picture

Japan just shot itself in the foot. Do they really want to lose a market of 1.4 billion people, perhaps 300 million of whom are firmly middle class and dedicated consumers? Japan will never over come it's superiorty complex and it's deep racism. To attempt to claim their wars on the 1930-40's were patriotic self defense defies all historical proofs. Japan should stick to dealing with Fukushima as it grows worse each day. I spent some time reading up on radiation and how the Japanese and Americans use figures to lie about how badly the radiation spread and levels are. They are using lies to paint the radiation as nothing to worry about, but once you factor out their carefully crafted use of statistics, and get to the real amount of radiation coming out of Fukushima, we see a world class disaster that has not been checked.

lolmao500's picture

Bomb the shrine. Problem solved.