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Japanese right-wingers should stop childish and absurd actions

(People's Daily Online)

16:37, June 25, 2012

After undergoing years of ups and downs, China and Japan finally ushered in the 40th anniversary of the normalization of China-Japan diplomatic relations. Therefore, the two governments set 2012 as the Year of China-Japan Friendly Exchanges, which means starting from the "exchanges" and then achieving the purpose of further "friendly," and hoped to lay a solid foundation for the future 40 years of good communication between the two peoples.

However, in such a historical year, the Japanese right-wingers have frequently made provocative speeches to disturb and undermine the China-Japan friendship. Shintaro Ishihara, the Tokyo governor in his eighties, is one of the representatives. Ishihara has been dedicating himself to damage the China-Japan relations for many years. The author had joked that there is a disaster in the China-Japan relations, called "Shintaro Ishihara."

On April 16, Ishihara visited the United States and suddenly announced the plan of purchasing the Diaoyu Island, again pushing the territorial dispute, to which the two peoples are most sensitive and concerned, to the teeth of the storm. Shizuka Kamei, former leader of the People's New Party of Japan, had said that Ishihara is a writer but an "alternative politician" on the surface. With the mask of an "alternative politician" and as a writer, Ishihara tried to hit the warning line of China-Japan relations as his final bet.

Ishihara declared that he has fought for defending the Senkaku Islands (called Diaoyu Island in China) for 40 years. In a 10,000-word article titled "There is a National Calamity Called 'Senkaku Islands'," he blamed the U.S. government as it has been keeping an ambiguous attitude for 40 years and refused to testify for Japan's ownership of the Diaoyu Island on the International Court of Justice. Meanwhile, he also condemned the Japanese Foreign Ministry for its weakness and incompetence and not allowing the Ministry of Transport of Japan to draw the sign set up by him on the Diaoyu Island on the chart.

Ishihara actually has other intention to claim buying the Diaoyu Island. At the end of 2011 and the beginning of 2012, the Japanese government had planned to establish a new party and Ishihara was expected to serve as the head of the party. Unexpectedly, the plan was failed. Not willing to be kicked out of Japan's political arena, Ishihara threw out the controversial topic of purchasing the Diaoyu Island, trying to attract the eyes of the public and restart the plan of establishing a new party.

Clearly understanding his purpose, we will know that Ishihara is trying to force the central government to establish a new party with the strategy of purchasing the Diaoyu Island.

Ishihara will not succeed in his intention of enraging China. Japan naively thinks that it can own the Diaoyu Island through the "actual control." Japan absurdly thinks that the Diaoyu Island will be its territory if it puts up some facilities on the Diaoyu Island.

If Ishihara takes the plan of purchasing the Diaoyu Island as "killing two birds with one stone," we can tell him that it also is a "double-edged sword," which not only hurt Chinese people but also damage the China-Japan relations. It will also damage the vital interests of Japan and even injure himself. The Japanese right-wringers cannot stop the pace of the normalization of China-Japan diplomatic relations in the past and they can also not stop the tide of friendly exchanges of the two people in the future. Anyone who damages the China-Japan friendship will eventually hurt themselves.

Read the Chinese version: 日本右翼,收起你的幼稚和荒唐, source: People's Daily Overseas Edition , author: Jiang Feng


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