A Chinese newspaper recently published a map of Japan that recreates the WWII atomic bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima, sparking a firestorm of fury.
According to the SCMP:
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.
Here is the ‘tasteful’ ad in its entirety:
This is the graphic from Chongqing Youth News（重庆青年报, 3 July）that has Japanese ForMin upset. pic.twitter.com/ob6anm0orw
— Adam Cathcart (@adamcathcart) July 8, 2014
Yeah, prob not the best way to help ease the age-old Sino-Japanese tensions, which have only escalated recently.
Last year, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe refused to admit that Japan’s invasion of China in 1937-1945 was in fact, an invasion and more recently, Chinese president Xi Jinping wanted to focus on WW2 during his visit to Germany to teach Japan a history lesson. To add a little more spice, the two nations have respectively claimed the Diaoyu Islands as part of their territories.
By Aliaume Leroy