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Netizens agree with Abe on China's patriotic education

PUBLISHED : Friday, 22 February, 2013, 10:53am
UPDATED : Friday, 22 February, 2013, 12:13pm

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is obviously not the most popular person in China. But his recent criticism of China’s system of patriotic education has won him some support - amid angry responses - from Chinese netizens. They say Abe is right.

In a recent interview with the Washington Post, Abe accused China of teaching anti-Japanese views in its schools.

“In the case of China, teaching patriotism is also teaching anti-Japanese sentiment,” he said.

Abe argued that the Chinese government needed to have territorial disputes with Japan in order to win domestic support.

His comments triggered heated debate online after they were picked up by major mainland news outlets.

“Encouraging anti-Japanese sentiment helps distract the Chinese from the country's real problems”, commented a blogger on news website Netease, “ Now it’s an open secret, its time [for the government] to use a new trick. “

This single comment was ‘'liked' 6,635 times by Netease readers on Friday.

“I agree with Abe,” commented another netizen on Weibo, China’s twitter-like service. “Even my four-year-old son told me Japan was evil - according to his grandfather.”

“How many Chinese did the Japanese kill? And how many Chinese were killed in political upheaval in China? And who should pay for their deaths?” asked one blogger, in a reference to 20th century Sino-Japanese history.

Despite netizens agreeing with Abe, an overwhelming number lashed out at his remarks.

“Abe, please tell me has Japan ever apologised for its war crimes committed in China?,” said a blogger.

“China’s anti-Japanese education is far from adequate,” said another.

Abe became Japan’s prime minister for a second time in December. He has promised a tougher diplomatic stance against Beijing.

Relations between the two countries have deteriorated during the past months following territorial disputes over the Diaoyu Islands, known as the Senkakus, in Japan.


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Chinese people are not allowed to forgive or forget, it is so obvious. Just looks at the programs about Japanese war broadcasted daily on CCTV, or the major film production churned out every year in December, with NanJing Massacre as major theme or background. In China spontaneous public demos are forbidden,unless they are anti-Japanese, in that case you may also destroy police cars, if they are made in Japan, under the benevolent eyes of the policemen standing by. The wounds of the past are kept well open by this government, and Chinese people are taught to not to trust foreigners (see articles on China Daily of last week) and to hate Japanese. It is as simple as this. By the way, did you ever try to buy books about Japan culture, literature and arts in China? How many, and how recent? This is not Patriotic Education, this is Ultra Nationalism. A man can be patriotic without any need to hate others people, cultures and countries. By the way, for the fanatic: Japan paid her price for her Imperialism folly, remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Japanes, like Germans have the rights to be forgiven and to be part of the larger global community of people of the world.

SCMP, why did your heading cheekily suggest the majority of the netizens supported Mr. Abe's views (only to be qualifed in the later part of the text)?? Not impressed by your standard of journalism...
I am actually a fan of the Japanese and feel there are ways to address the Chinese-Japanese mutual hatred. A lot of work needs to be done across the East China Sea!
"Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel."
Dear Amy just let you know that Sina Weibo has more than 500 million (!) users. There are daily several hundred milliion posts. Pls dont let me believe, that Chinese "netizens" agree with Abe... even a chinese grandfather - haha. By the way Abe was the one who supported and intensified the Japanese patriotic education during his previous term. I have to tell you, I dont even beleive, that those comments were written by chinese people. Did you check it? Sorry...The whole msg of the article has no relation with the reality. Take care (of the credibiliy of SCMP).
My favourite article I've read on SCMP Amy ( just between you and me:)
Bravo, Bravo tremendous dialogue people! Well done Amy, some of the best reporting I've seen on SCMP.
Anti-japanese sentiments is what Abe asked for.


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