Protests Reignite On Anniversary Of Japanese Invasion Of China; Boats Enter Japan's Territorial Waters

Tyler Durden's picture

Anyone who thought that anti-Japan protests would quietly go away on the 81st anniversary of the Japanese invasion of Manchuria may have to reevaluate. First, overnight the HKEJ said that China is preparing economic sanctions against Japan, and as the situation again escalates, Reuters reports that at least two of 11 Chinese ocean surveillance and fishery patrol ships sailing near East China Sea islets claimed by both Tokyo and Beijing have entered what Japan considers its territory, public broadcast NHK said on Tuesday, quoting Japan's Coast Guard. Subsequently, NHK reported that "a Chinese fisheries patrol ship has departed after approaching Japan's territorial waters off the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. The Japan Coast Guard remains on the alert, saying the Chinese vessel may enter the area again. The Coast Guard spotted the boat some 43 kilometers north-northwest of the largest island, Uotsuri, early Tuesday morning. The Coast Guard confirmed the boat had left the area before 10:30 AM. It said at around 11:10 AM, the vessel again approached Japan's territorial waters off another island and left soon afterward. In response to warnings from Japan's Coast Guard, the Chinese vessel replied the islands are inherent Chinese territory and that its mission is legitimate." Watch this space carefully, especially once the Chinese armada of 1000 fishing boats, which is already en route to Senkaku, engages in a stand off with Japanese battleships: "China's state-run radio has reported 1,000 fishing boats have left the provinces of Zhejiang and Fujian for waters near the Senkaku Islands. But Japan's Coast Guard says it has not yet spotted a large fleet in the area." It will quite soon. Elsewhere, sentiment across mainland China is getting the opposite of better, fast.

From Reuters:

Anti-Japan protests reignited across China on Tuesday, the sensitive anniversary marking Tokyo's occupation of its giant neighbour, escalating a maritime dispute which has forced major Japanese brandname firms to suspend business there.


Relations between Asia's two biggest economies have faltered badly, with emotions running high on the streets and also out at sea where two Japanese activists landed on an island at the centre of the dispute.


China reacted swiftly to the news of the landing, which risked inflaming a crisis that already ranks as China's worst outbreak of anti-Japan sentiment in decades. Beijing described the landing as provocative, lodged a complaint with Tokyo and said it reserved the right to "take further action".


The dispute over the uninhabited group of islands in the East China Sea - known as the Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China - led to another day of protests that were smothered by a heavy blanket of security.


Japanese businesses shut hundreds of stores and factories across China and Japan's embassy in Beijing again came under siege by protesters hurling water bottles, waving Chinese flags, and chanting anti-Japan slogans evoking war-time enmity.


Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda urged Beijing again to protect Japanese citizens in China.


"Today is our day of shame," said a Beijing protester, Wei Libing, a waiter in his 40s. "Japan invaded China on this date."


"Wipe out all Japanese dogs," read one banner held aloft by one of thousands of protesters marching on the embassy, which was ringed by riot police standing six rows deep. Japan's foreign ministry said some embassy windows had been smashed.


Sino-Japanese ties have long been plagued by China's bitter memories of Japan's military aggression in the 1930s and 1940s and present rivalry over resources - the islands are believed to be surrounded by energy-rich waters.


For China, Tuesday marks the day Japan began its occupation of parts of mainland China in 1931.


Rowdy protests sprang up in other major cities including Shanghai, raising the risk they could get out of hand and backfire on Beijing, which has given tacit approval to them through state media. One Hong Kong newspaper said some protesters in southern Shenzhen had been detained for calling for democracy and human rights.

In the meantime, as we posted yesterday, up to $350 billion in bilateral annual trade is now at risk. And trillions in downstream consequences.

Other Japanese companies -- from Mazda and Mitsubishi Motors to Panasonic and Fast Retailing -- also shut plants and stores in China, sending Japanese share prices falling and prompting a warning from credit rating agency Fitch that the situation could hurt some auto and tech firms' creditworthiness.


Japan's top general retailer, Seven & I Holdings said it will resume business at all its 13 Ito Yokado supermarkets and 198 "7-11" convenience stores in the cities of Beijing and Chengdu on Wednesday.


Some firms recalled workers back to Japan due to the unrest.


"The situation on the ground in China is not so good and I was advised by the locals not to go out. I couldn't get any work done," Japanese expatriate worker Hisato Takase said on arrival at Tokyo's Haneda airport.


Japanese restaurants, a common target of protesters, barred their doors while many Japanese expatriates stayed home.

Expect the situation to deteriorate before it gets better.

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Mongo's picture

I saw this in a hollywood movie!

LULZBank's picture

Japan was anticipating a Black Swan and they got a Peking Crispy Duck.

GetZeeGold's picture



They ate the thing......and then they were hungry an hour later.


a growing concern's picture

And they spent the better part of the rest of their day perched upon the porcelain throne.

merizobeach's picture

This is brilliant.  The Japanese government makes a symbolic move in buying the islands; some bureaucrats transfer some cash, and hardly anyone lifts a finger in effort.  Meanwhile, over in China, society starts coming apart at the seams.  Japan should keep pressing this button and let China erupt like a volcano.

If the next major conflict in the Pacific turns out to be all of China's neighbors versus China, I'll refrain from my usual anti-war rhetoric.  Some motherfuckers--in this case, the government of China--just have it coming.

Short Memories's picture

Both sides are commited now, this has to get worse before it gets better...

kind of like everything else in the world these days

mliu_01's picture

Tyler, are you out of your mind????Boats Enter Japan's Territorial Waters???

It is NOT Japan's territorial water. At worst it is chinese territorial waters and at best it is disputed territorial waters. Get a grip.

merizobeach's picture

So Japan's administration of these islands--including by its coast guard--since the late 19th century means nothing to you?  Or you're just that ignorant of history?

mliu_01's picture

Tyler, are you out of your mind????Boats Enter Japan's Territorial Waters???

It is NOT Japan's territorial water. At worst it is chinese territorial waters and at best it is disputed territorial waters. Get a grip.

Precious's picture

China threatens Taiwan all the time.  Would love to see the Red Army try to invade Taiwan and then get their asses kicked. Taiwan has one of the most competent Air Forces in Asia. Japan has the second largest Navy in the Pacific.  China has the biggest mouth in the world, and the a military with the best sprinters -- AWOL

Economically, Taiwan and Japan have already conquered China. The highest margin, critical electronics components are exported by Japan into China, assembled in China using cheap Chinese labor in Taiwanese owned factories, and then shipped globally under American brands. Chinese do the assembly, the lowest margin job. Robots will soon replace them. That or Vietnamese who are alot easier to employ. Chinese are lucky to even have a fucking job.

Zeilschip's picture

I stopped reading after "Economically, Taiwan and Japan have already conquered China." I'll regard it as "wishful thinking" on your part.

Totentänzerlied's picture

But the people of China, particularly the young males, will be the ones who actually get what the government has coming. The party apparatus responsible will be safe in their bunkers.

Overfed's picture

The sad thing is that it's never the motherfuckin' politicians who start the war that end up paying the price. It's the poor dumb bastards who think they are being patriotic to their country who pay. Dearly.

Bartanist's picture

Was it "The Mouse that Roared", where a small country declares was on the imperial power so that they can receive war reparations after they are defreated.

Maybe this is a test of Chinese readiness for war... and Japan got volunteered.

fonzannoon's picture

This is a huge deal. I could see the dow giving up 3 points on this before it recovers.

Oh regional Indian's picture


Anyone ever notice that DOW is 3/4th's of DOWN?

DOW Jones Locker?


razsil's picture

This reminds me Occupy Wall St. in some ways. They should learn here where Occupy failed to implement any real chagne. If they really want the Japanese out of China they should have a "what to do" proposal not just "what not to do" proposal.

People are moved by great stories that brings them want to act. Like this article - Tell Me a Story - - shows, people buy stories. The occupy story was half baked. It told us what is wrong in the world, but never told us what the new world will look like and how it will work.

To drive any change successful and for the long term people should create a solution and a new vision that will cause their following to act. Just a negative one can work for a short time, but won't bring to any real change, except making the demonstrators well known.

trebuchet's picture

1000 fishing boats with nationalist sentiment is not a handful of anti -capitalists espousing peace and love instead of Greed on wall street.


- > they get to Senkaku but could be fired on. China protests

-> they land 

-> Japanese army comes to evict

-> China says "you cant evict our citizens from our own territory"  Sends Army..... S&P500 - 500/1000

3 months in war  -10% trade etc

OR  Japan protests, goes to UN etc,   3 years in court, -10% trade etc


Totentänzerlied's picture

"1000 fishing boats with nationalist sentiment is not a handful of anti -capitalists espousing peace and love instead of Greed on wall street."

Neither is OWS, but they are just as fucking ignorant, naive, and stupid, though not one tenth as bold as these Asians.

None of that is going to happen.

Urban Redneck's picture

The oligarchs don't want change, they want their astroturf Chia-pets to do as instucted and further their interests.

kridkrid's picture

You should write a self-help book for protesters. What if there is no solution?

EvlTheCat's picture

Here is the title: Razsil: If You Can't Dazzle Them With Brilliance, Baffle Them With Bullshit!

Julian's picture

OWS didnt fail because it couldn't tell a good story, it failed because it was squashed by the State and the apathy of the US people.  It's the same in all Western nation will gain traction only when the majority are hungry and desperate.

New_Meat's picture

This is a "spontaneous" demonstration. - Ned

LongSoupLine's picture

That's odd...none of this is on the MSM.


I'm shocked, shocked I tell you...

Bartanist's picture

Yes it is odd if it is being used as a pretense for war, like the Middle East show for the masses. Maybe it is just for te benefit of the Chinese masses, and not the US masses.

a growing concern's picture

So who here thinks that the current demonstrations at our embassies in the Middle East "over a video on Youtube" are more likely the result of a deliberate operation of our government to garner some sort of unifying sentiment mere weeks before the election?  Seems strangely timed, just like the "Bin Laden raid" which conveniently diverted all talk of our president's citizenship status.

New_Meat's picture

no, no, no, they're spontaneous I tell ya!

Just like, what? dozens of OWS pods starting on the same date. </sarc>

- Ned

Overfed's picture

Wag the Dog. People thought that was a fictional movie.

merizobeach's picture

Bingo.  There's a suspicious voice in my mind saying President Hu may not be inclined to hand over power smoothly.  VP Xi's motorcade allegedly getting double T-boned by jeeps doesn't bode well for his future administration, not to mention his longevity.  A debilitated annointed successor and a military conflict might prompt some kind of "emergency preservation of stability" in the government--in the end, Hu pulls a Putin and sets himself up to be the next Great Chairman.  That would surprise me less than the CCP pulling off another smooth handover of leadership.

Oh regional Indian's picture

See Hu?


Hu Said there is nothing to Xi here...


trebuchet's picture

The US could get pulled into it, and protests to turn anti US as well

Post WWII, Japanese war crimes tribunal only covered actions in Pacific, not Machuria, where many Japanese skipped investigation after years of lethal research on Chinese people - US gave them "immunity" in exchange for "results".


China still got scores to settle since WWII

taxpayer102's picture


China MSM :      China NY Times                         Defense Dept                                       Navy                                      China CNN


Bogdog's picture

Jeez. That just looks like a chinese version of Volkischer Beobachter circa 1933.

Funny stuff, but I'm not laughing.

Peter Pan's picture

Things are improving. The Greeks launched a thousand ships to get Helen of Troy back. The Chinese are now launching a thousand fishing boats to get some islands back. Soomeone in China has been reading the Greek myths.

chindit13's picture

Before they head out to sea, they might want to read some 16th Century Spanish history.  It's still typhoon season.

malikai's picture

Nationalism as required cover for economic and political problems.

Nobody could see this one coming.

Muppet Pimp's picture

Exactly. This issue will be around until the economic problems are resolved in China. If domestic conditions deteriorate this issue will just get bigger and bigger.

malikai's picture

You got to hand it to the party. They have executed this brilliantly. Perfect timing, perfect organization, perfect execution.

I'll give them 10/10 if they can finish it without starting another war. If there is another war, it's -100/10.

moskov's picture

more like Japan was trying hard to stir up big nationalism to distract its sheeple from blaming gov on Fukushima and Economic collapse.

The status quo of that island has been unchanged for years and suddenly Japan decided to ''Nationalise'' the island and throw the controversy of that island into the roof.

I wonder if you are blind to see that coming?

Japanese are very good provokers of conflicts just like they did in Manchuria Incident and Pearl Harbor

malikai's picture

No, I'm not blind to that in the least bit. I commented on the Chinese response, not the Japanese provocation.

Japan certainly has this newfound energy problem, doesn't she? How convenient that these islands are located so close to an oil/gas field, however petty it may be.

moskov's picture

That's why you need to get the full story.

The Fukushima is still leaking million tons of radioactive water into the Pacific and they are not doing anything about it. It's clearly far worse than the Chernobyl and the IAEA (The head is a Japanese) literally turning a blind eye to them just because Japan is different from USSR.

Actually Japan has disputed islands with South Korea and Russia too, those islands also have oil/gas field, I would like to see how far could United States go to afford a trans-pacific nuclear war because of the US-JAPAN security treaty.

Chaos_Theory's picture

and social...perfect chance to clear out those 24 million Chinese men looking at a lack of Chinese females to marry. 

Bartanist's picture

I don't know the entire story of the islands, but the entire situation seems to be clearly fabricated. Why now? Why there? What did Japan have to gain ... obviously nothing.

CH1's picture

Remember, there is way more nationalism and racism in the Far East than there is in the US. WAAAYYY more.

AnAnonymous's picture

Remember, there is way more nationalism and racism in the Far East than there is in the US. WAAAYYY more.

And how could that be?

Racism is tied to 'Americanism'

It takes 'americans' to see a dispute between people of the same race and throw in the race card.

But hey, US citizenism is as US citizen does and 'Americans' are known to see what they want to see, not what is to be seen.

Totentänzerlied's picture

Since when do Japanese and Chinese consider themselves the same race in a political sense? Chinese are xenophobic, Japanese even more so. If I remember correctly the Japanese had no problem eliminating large swathes of the 'inferior' Korean, Chinese, and Philippine people using more or less the same racial nationalist rhetoric as the Nazis. And it's not exactly a secret that the fairer- skinned Chinese, Korean, and Japanese consider themselves superior to their own darker-skinned countrymen, each other, and the Philippine, Indonesian, Polynesian, Indian, and Malaysian peoples.

You should take a page from MDB and at least try to present a consistent if insane facade.