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China: Tokyo Olympics will only be success if Japan recognises war aggression

Editorial in Global Times focused on Beijing’s longstanding diplomatic rivalry with Tokyo

PUBLISHED : Monday, 09 September, 2013, 3:09pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 10 September, 2013, 1:28am

Chinese state-run media offered Tokyo heavily qualified congratulations Monday for winning the right to host the 2020 Olympics, saying the event’s success would depend on Japan recognising its second world war aggression.

“Japan should learn how to behave,” the Global Times said in an editorial that focused mostly on Beijing’s longstanding diplomatic rivalry with Tokyo.

The paper lamented Japan’s “lousy job in reflecting its misdeeds in the second world war”, specifically pointing to visits by senior figures to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine, where the souls of the country’s war dead are enshrined including 14 Class A war criminals.

If visits continued, the editorial said, the world would reconsider whether “a country which has been paying high tribute to brutal war criminals for years is qualified to host such an event that advocates peace and harmony”.

The Olympics will produce some pressure for Japan to realise the importance of self-restraint

The paper’s news story on the 2020 decision said analysts were urging Japan “to adjust its attitude on history to reflect its appreciation for peace as implied in the Olympic Spirit”.

Beijing and Tokyo are at loggerheads over disputed territory in the East China Sea administered by Tokyo, which calls them the Senkaku islands, but claimed by Beijing, which knows them as the Diaoyus.

In the editorial, which appeared in both the newspaper’s Chinese and English editions, the Global Times added: “The Olympics will produce some pressure for Japan to realise the importance of self-restraint.”

Ties between the Asian giants have plunged in the last year, largely because of the ongoing territorial row, but their relationship remains heavily coloured by Japan’s brutal occupation of China before and during the second world war.

Beijing regularly accuses Tokyo of failing to atone for its imperialist past, while Japan says its neighbours use history as a diplomatic stick to beat it with.

Members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) meeting in Buenos Aires chose the Japanese capital over Istanbul after Madrid was eliminated, sparking celebrations in Tokyo.

The city previously hosted the Games in 1964.

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mercedes2233
We have to remember history.
newyorkgirl
Agree with u completely "He who ignores history is doomed to repeat it" Winston Churchill
Hollander323
What the Japanese have been doing, visiting Yasukuni Shrine and denying the atrocity done to Aisan people during WW2, makes the people in those countries do not feel good attending the Olympic game hosted by Japan. That is it!
jayb
many people visited tokyo but never visited the Shrine. i suggest y'all go check it out. it is illuminating. go visit the shrine and the museum attached to the shrine.
mercedes2233
What for? Visiting the Sistine Chapel doesn't make me a Catholic, nor going to the Blue Mosque in Istanbul make me a Muslim. Visiting the Shrine will make me love the Japanese soldiers who killed in the WWII?
newyorkgirl
Yes good idea, let's start a donation drive for the kid who visited Egypt to have a go at the shrine.
andreaswagner
Every country honours their war dead. Every country. China even honours a man that killed tens of millions of his OWN people, and puts him on display in a fish tank on Tiananmen Square. How's that?
pseudotriton
Other countries honor those who defended their own country, or made great contributions to progress. Japan is the only country that honors its war criminals who invaded other countries and committed war crimes. Your war dead did not die defending Japan, but died while committing genocide and raping people of other countries. They are war criminals, period. Stop embellishing and calling them "heroes". You right-wingers are a joke.
mercedes2233
If the Chinese wish to honor one of its own, that's their business. The dead honored at the Yasukuni Shrine killed and massacred millions of people in OTHER countries and caused a lot of hardship. It would be like the Germans still honoring Hitler and the European countries resenting it. The Germans have the decency not to do this, but the Japanese have not. If Japan had stopped the war in the first place, the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki might not have happened.
bolshoi
@andreaswagner
You are no wagner - you are wasabe aren't you?

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