Diaoyu Islands

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PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 17 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 17 October, 2012, 3:13am

On Japanese people cancelling tours to Hong Kong because of the Diaoyus dispute:

Nicholas Bobby Laignelet - Someone needs to explain to them that pretty much nobody in HK has anything against Japan or its people. HK is, just like Japan, a victim of China's assertiveness. And these people burning Japanese flags should be ashamed of themselves. As far as I know, no one in Japan is publicly burning Chinese flags over this issue. If they think this kind of aggressive behaviour will bring them stability and prosperity, they are strongly mistaken!

Ryan Lo - I never understand why people burn flags or books. Don't they have to spend money and effort to get them in the first place? Who gets the last laugh then?

Keizo Keizoya Yamamoto - Not sure how accurately the chairman of HK-Jpn Tour Operators' Association has estimated the decline, because travellers here in Japan are smart enough to know the difference between HK and mainland China and no one seems to boycott travel to HK, except for a few extreme activists.

On the rowdy first session of Legco:

Joseph Ko - To "Long Hair's" credit, he represents a concept and has been very consistent. The greater the efforts of the authorities to marginalise him the more people put him in the forefront. His concept (not him) needs to be dealt with and not merely opposed as it does have a lot of valid points. The question is how to turn his actions into a more generally accepted discipline.

Yin Chi-chan - At least last year's filibustering was within the rules. Wong Yuk-man's oath clearly broke them. If removed from the council: so much for fighting the system from the inside.

On rising public anger over mainland visitors:

Yi Long - China seems to have a superiority complex towards Japan, but when it comes to public manners, civility, etc, they could still learn a thing or two from the Japanese.