Japan from the inside out

Evil Lin Fan is on the loose

Posted by ampontan on Monday, August 27, 2012

WHEN the Chinese government blocked Twitter, Facebook, and Fanfou, the first Chinese microblogging site, after the Xinjiang riots in July 2009, the entrepreneur Charles Chao saw an opportunity. He created Weibo, a microblogging site that combines aspects of Twitter and Facebook. As of February this year, it had 300 million registered users, 30% of China’s Internet users, and 100 million messages a day. One method Mr. Chao used to attract people to the site was to sign up celebrities and the famous as members. One of them was former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, who is fluent in Mandarin. Another was London Mayor Boris Johnson, who is not, and seems to have beclowned himself as a result.

Still another was a user registered as Evil Lin Fan, identified as the vice-chairman of a company whose name translates to Jieying Electronics Technology in Guangdong. The government has begun requiring Weibo and other sites to confirm the identity of their users, and Evil Lin Fan made it through the verification process.

Now the government wishes she hadn’t.

Late last week, she Weiboed the following message:

“The Chinese government recognized Diaoyutai as Japanese territory from 1949 to 1971.”

She followed it up with:

“Japan calls them the Senkakus, and throughout the 50s and 60s, all Chinese maps surprisingly called them the Senkakus, recognizing them as Japanese territory.”

She supported this extremely inconvenient truth by uploading copies of the maps and newspaper articles, and followed that up with:

“Can the Chinese government say the Diaoyutai is our territory even after this?

Evil Lin Fan has more than 100,000 followers, which Weibo calls “fans”, and some of them responded. One said:

“Now we understand that the masses who know nothing danced to the CCP tune.”

Said another:

“This will be a problem for those who were used by the authorities for free to hold anti-Japanese demonstrations.

The authorities keep liquidating Evil Lin Fan’s posts, but they keep popping up again.

I wonder if Evil Lin Fan came to Japan, perhaps on business, and did some research on the Internet while she was here. The newspaper article she cited is from the 8 January 1953 edition of the People’s Daily. It’s easy to find.

The headline at the right says that the people of the Ryukyus (Okinawa) were upset at the American occupation of their territory. (The occupation was to continue for nearly 20 more years.)

The first paragraph of the article, sidelined in red, explains to the readers that the Ryukyus consist of seven island groups. The first one mentioned, just after the comma in the second line from the right, is the Senkakus. The People’s Daily uses the Japanese name.

She also said that a world map published by Chinese authorities that same year showed the Senkakus as Japanese territory — as did maps they published in 1958, 1960, and 1967. Two years after that, the potential for large undersea resources was discovered nearby, and the fact that the Senkakus were Japanese territory immediately became blackwhite.

Here’s the relevant part of the 1960 map.

Larger views of the map show that Taiwan is identified as part of the People’s Republic of China. The line that looks like three Is separated by dots is the border with Japan. The Senkakus are shown, with that name, to the left of the upper center intersection of the longitude and latitude lines.

Isn’t it curious? Evil Lin Fan in China discovered this material despite the best efforts of her government to prevent it. It took me fewer than five minutes in Japan to find both the People’s Daily article and the map.

But the English-language news media can’t seem to find them at all.

It must be that evil stuff running through Lin Fan’s brain that’s causing her to misbehave.

2 Responses to “Evil Lin Fan is on the loose”

  1. 21st Century Schizoid Man said

    What made her behave like this?
    2: The Devil made her do it. Even she says she’s evil.


  2. Gary said

    Next to the Senkakus on the map is a label referring curiously to Yudiao Island, i.e., Diaoyu in reverse (魚釣島 vs. 釣魚島). Any idea what that’s about?
    G: Thanks for the note.

    That’s the name of the main island in the group in Japanese. There are seven altogether, I think.


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