A robot bearing a more than passing resemblance to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was recently seen bowing to onlookers at the China International Robot show (CIROS) in Shanghai.
The robot, showcased in an unidentified booth, sported a stiff smile as he was seen repeatedly nodding his head towards the ground, attracting crowds of camera-toting visitors, Sina News reports.
China has long demanded that Japan atone for its wartime past, and while Shinzo Abe has expressed “deep remorse” over atrocities that ensued, he’s never offered a formal apology. The already tense relations between the two Asian nations are only heightened by Abe’s continual visits and gifts to the Yasukuni War Shrine, so much that a Chinese envoy once likened Japan to the “Lord Voldemort” of East Asia.
So yeah, a bowing robot in the likeness of the Japanese PM is not even as immature as it gets.
In an upcoming speech for the 70th anniversary of WWII, Abe will once again reflect upon the past battle, although he will not apologize, Japanese media reports.
Surprisingly, some Japanese netizens were pretty open-minded about the Abe-bot.
“Japan should mass-produce this ‘Abe apologizing’ robot, it’ll probably sell well in China,” one web user wrote.
Various Chinese netizens, meanwhile, said that it was inappropriate to mock the leader of a country in such a disrespectful way.
“If the Japanese did this to Chinese leaders, would you accept it?” a Weibo user asked.
Another user rebutted with: “If the Americans can make a movie ridiculing Kim Jong-un, why can’t we make a robot to ridicule Shinzo Abe?”
Watch the robot in action below.
By Joyce Ng
[Images via Sina News]