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Fury as Chinese paper publishes Japan map with mushroom clouds over Hiroshima, Nagasaki

Advert depicting mushroom clouds over cities bombed in second world war dismissed as 'ignorant' by Japanese foreign minister

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 08 July, 2014, 5:14pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 09 July, 2014, 2:12pm

A Chinese newspaper published a map of Japan with mushroom clouds rising above Hiroshima and Nagasaki, provoking outrage today from Tokyo’s foreign minister, who is from the first of the cities to be obliterated.

Tensions between Beijing and Tokyo are high due to a series of issues ranging from a territorial dispute over islands in the East China Sea to recent moves by Tokyo to reinterpret its pacifist constitution.

The Chongqing Youth Daily, a newspaper linked to the Communist Youth League in the southwestern megacity, last week carried the map in a full-page advertisement under the title “Japan wants a war again”, according to a posting on its official account on Weibo.

Japan’s full-scale invasion of China in 1937 left 20 million Chinese dead, according to Beijing’s estimates. It ended with Tokyo’s second world war defeat in 1945 following the US atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

It was not clear who placed the advertisement, which can no longer be found on the newspaper’s official website.

But the stunt infuriated Tokyo, with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida calling it “very, very ignorant”.

“As the foreign minister of the only country that has suffered an atomic bomb attack, and being a politician from Hiroshima, I cannot tolerate this,” Kishida was quoted as saying.

Kishida said he has instructed the Japanese consulate-general in Chongqing to lodge a formal protest if the publication was confirmed, Jiji Press news agency said.

“Prime Minister [Shinzo] Abe has clearly said it would be absolutely impossible for Japan to wage war again. There is no shift in the path of Japan as a pacifist country,” Kishida said.

China’s ruling Communist Party uses nationalism as part of its claim to a right to rule. President Xi Jinping joined hundreds of soldiers, veterans and schoolchildren Monday in an unusually high-profile ceremony marking the 77th anniversary of the start of war with Japan.

In an indirect jab at Abe he condemned those who “ignore the iron facts of history”.

Tokyo has said the Chinese commemoration did “nothing to contribute to peace and cooperation in the region”.

In a recent commentary the Chongqing Youth Daily lashed out at Japan’s re-interpretation of its constitution last week to proclaim the right to send soldiers into battle even when the country is not under direct attack.

“Unfettering the right to collective self-defence is equivalent to handing over a sword back to the hands of murderer,” it said, adding China had been “too tolerant” of Japan for more than 40 years.

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Japanese monstrous barbarity and massive war crimes as well as grave offences against humanity, caused the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and his psychopath boss Shinzo Abe should reflect on this punishment that the evil Japanese brought upon themselves. Unfortunately almost 70 years after the atomic bombings and Japans unconditional surrender, Japan still haven't taken responsibility for their heinous crimes against humanity. Also with their ill will towards their neighbours Japan finds itself being condemned time and again. If Fumio Kishida the idiot Japanese foreign minister of Shinzo Ane's fascist government will stop believing in his own lies, then maybe Japan still have some hope of being a "normal" country. Otherwise the path that Japan is taking will lead straight to hell.
Rambo
Japan should be reminded that the two atomic bombings was because Japan invaded other countries and committed all kinds of war crimes like the rape and murder of hundred of thousands of sex slaves. Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida should realise that Japanese that invades other countries and commit war crimes deserves to the exterminated like the vermin they are. The atomic bombings was a very humane way of killing Japanese mass ****s when compared to the treatment meted out to the hundred of thousands of sex slaves who were brutally raped and murdered, the starvation and slaughter of the hundred of thousands of victims of the Rape of Nanking and allied POWS etc. Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida should be ashamed of himself. When Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida prays to war criminals at the Yasukuni War Shrine, glorifying war insulting the victims of Japanese barbaric aggression, did he remember the victims of Japanese aggression? Fumio Kishida and the other devil worshippers of the LDP can go to hell.
daily
Hahahah.............not ignorance on the Chinese part, but since the Japanese continues to deny their wrongdoings, nothing wrong with the Chinese emphasizing the truth.
And, the truth is the Japanese lost WWII and got two nukes in their own back yards............take that to your grave Abe..............Ha.
Jonathan Smith
The Chinese paper publishing of the Japan map with mushroom clouds over Hiroshima, Nagasaki while cheeky is absolutely correct. That was what happened in 1945 when the US gave back to Japan what Japan gave the world. The fanatical Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and his even more fanatical boss Shinzo Abe should reflect on the lessons of Japanese aggression instead of being revisionist about Japanese barbaric war history and continuing hostility to Japan's neighbours who if push comes to shove could envelope the Japanese isles with mushroom clouds.
raglan
This is a good reminder of what would happen (again) as a consequence of Abe's militarism.....I suggest China test fire an ICBM on Victory-Over-Japan day (2 Sept) to make the point clearer......
baysidedweller
Marcus T Anthony:
".......Who knows, maybe the Japanese would respond in kind, and a greater culture of truthfulness about WW2 would spread to all parts of the population?"
China has been waiting patiently for over 60 years for an apology from Japan that is similar to the one made by Germany. Guess what, China is still waiting as of today.
Instead, Abe is whitewashing history through textbook revisions, nationalized Diaoyu/Senkaku (done by Noda but approved by Abe) and controlling the media like NHK. Even the story on the Japanese pacifist setting himself on fire was censored by NHK.
Are you not being a bit naive to think that there is still hope with the Abe's administration?
Like Merkel said at Tsinghua, facing history is painful, but vital. I hope you will agree with her statement.
"In Japan, only a small minority of ultranationalists deny the wartime atrocities" - could be true, but not verified in percentage terms, but the current country is run by the biggest ultranationist, namely Abe. Does that not concern you?
There may be "wumao" postings here and there, I for one, is not a "wumao", but a concerned Chinese on the direction Abe is taking.
M Miyagi
Japanese fascists denies Japan's war crimes and barbarism. Those that don't learn the right lessons from history like Japanese fanatics Shinzo Abe and the corrupt Japanese politicians will never respect peace and security of others but like their barbarous ancestors go back into the path of war and finally total destruction of Japan.
ngsw
In case Marc is still on this thread, please see this article on today’s SCMP “comfort women are war prostitutes”. They captured women and force them to be sex slaves and later say they are prostitutes. How despicable. Do they deserve that two mushrooms? Do you understand why I am still cursing them?
ngsw
Ha, Ha. How many Japanese known Japan " had invaded China". In their textbooks, Japan soldiers "entered" China to bring prosperity to China ("The Big Asia Prosperity Ring"). There was never anything like comfort women. Nanking massacre was a made-up story to smear Japan. And the live human test on bacterial warfare is denied , and many more. . . . . . (Has German ever denies the Auschwitz camp?)
batwong
@ Marcus Anthony : 'only a small minority of ultranationalists deny the wartime atrocities'-exactly how small a minority, Marcus? Japanese school books seldom, if ever, mention Japanese wartime atrocities. That does not encourage ' a greater culture of truthfulness about WW2...to all parts of the ( Japanese ) population'.
The Chinese national anthem is not the only one that speaks of resistance to foreign aggression. Examine the French anthem. Then look at recent Chinese history, in the 1800s and early 1900s, how China was brutalized by foreign powers, particularly by Japan, perhaps there are very painful reasons behind the wording of the Chinese anthem ?
As for ' building a great bridge to the world', Japan is certainly not doing that by its occupation of the disputed Diayous. The only way to resolve the problem of a disputed territory is for both sides to stay away from the territory. Leaving the territory in dispute is far better than non negotiated unilateral occupation. China is not completely innocent when it comes to disputed territories elsewhere.
Many Chinese are dissatisfied with Japanese apologies for wartime atrocities , calling them lukewarm & insincere, unlike Germany's honest appraisal of its wartime past. But truth be told, based on the scale of unimaginable suffering caused by Japanese aggression during WW2, Japan could not apologize enough in a thousand years. So sorry.

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