As we’ve seen time and again, not everyone in China has forgiven Japan for what happened over 70 years ago. While some choose to take revenge by crashing into Japanese-made cars, others prefer to waste water.
The 85th anniversary of the Mukden Incident can make people do some crazy things, like banning their employees from buying the new iPhone 7 for instance. On September 18th, 1931, Japan used a staged explosion as pretext to invade and occupy much of northeast China. Not quite a century later, Chinese table tennis champion Wang Nan’s husband Guo Bin wrote a post on Weibo, detailing how he takes vengeance for that shameful day.
When you run into bullies, it’s always difficult to regain your strength — just like September 18th! The entire nation was completely humiliated by a much smaller country! I have been to Japan, but I never use their electronics or anything else they make! When I stay in Japanese hotels, I turn on all the water faucets to relieve my anger! Actually, it’s useless! But we need to get even however we can! Come on!
Beloved athlete and Olympic gold medalist Wang Nan supported her husband’s rant. Sharing the post on her own Weibo and writing that “We shall never forget September 18th!”
On Chinese social media, Guo’s comments have stirred up an online furor, but one that is primarily pointed at the “patriotic” couple.
“You should really turn off that tap, because you’ve become brainwashed,” one web user comment.
Other netizens delighted in hurling insults at Guo and Wang, calling them “childish” and “idiots.” A poll by the Global Times of 10,000 Weibo users found that 64% of respondees thought that Guo’s comments were “shameful,” while only 8% said they supported his statement wholeheartedly.
According to The Asahi Shimbun, even the Beijing Youth Daily came out against Guo’s actions:
It is truly a national disgrace if many people, after 85 years (from the Liutiaohu Incident), can only express their patriotism through such childish and small-minded methods. Narrow-minded patriotism will have people lose their common sense, destroy civilization, trample on lawfulness and harm others.