2012年09月17日

What kind of education does China give its children on Japan?

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I think the world is beginning to wonder what kind of education China gives its children about Japan.

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It's so surprising to see more and more young Chinese who have had no war experience with Japan becoming stronger anti-Japanese or Japanophobia.


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My Chinese friend, who is also a journalist, said to me that those protests were not only anti-Japanese rallies but also a reflection of China's domestic problems.

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The friend said young Chinese are not satisfied with their lives at all.

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"For example, they cannot buy a house even if they work hard," my Chinese friend said.

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"But a Chinese woman only wants to get married with a guy who already has a house," the friend said.

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The Chinese media are also responsible for what have happened on the streets across China.

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They cannot criticize the Chinese government at all.

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They just act on the government's behalf.

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Don't get me wrong - for my part, I have criticized Japanese right-wingers such as Shintaro Ishihara a lot. Tokyo eyes prime island real estate

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No doubt and no wonder, strained relations between China and Japan give negative impact on other Asian countries.

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I was hoping we could mend our fences and bury the hatchet when the pro-China administration of Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama was established under the Democratic Party of Japan in 2009.

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It was a short-lived dream.

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Still, I haven't given up that hope. Let's start to repair bilateral relations from scratch once again.
posted by Kosuke at 02:43| Asian Affairs

2012年09月10日

My latest stories in Jane's Defence Weekly

(Behind a paywall)
Japanese MoD requests trimmed budget but includes amphibious vehicles, coastal radars

Japanese coastguard seeks funding for seven patrol vessels

http://www.janes.com/products/janes/defence-security-report.aspx?ID=1065971250&channel=defence
posted by Kosuke at 19:16| Comment(0) | Jane's Defence Weekly