Japan from the inside out

The diaper brigade

Posted by ampontan on Tuesday, September 18, 2012

HERE’S a photo of the diaper brigade taking part in one protest today in China.

Note that it is the army which is now providing security. Reports say the army was mobilized throughout the country last night. They weren’t called out because of concerns of anti-Japanese demonstrations.

Here’s what it looks like in Changsha this morning.

Meanwhile, there’s a report that the demonstration in front of the Japanese consulate in Shanghai was over and done by 9:45 a.m. Everyone’s left. More hints that the puppeteers might be putting a lid on it. (UPDATE) Now there’s a report that students who don’t speak the Shanghai dialect and middle-aged women are headed for the Japanese consulate.

Could be these folks. More military, so they’re going to behave:

Here’s an excerpt from an editorial in the Mainichi Shimbun yesterday:

The authorities are giving preference to stability in advance of the upcoming Communist Party Congress that will have a large generational change in leadership. Against the backdrop of their authorization of demonstrations within a certain limit, their intention is not only to take a hardline stance against Japan as a means of containment. The view has also emerged that there are circumstances in which they are incapable of an adaptable response due to the subtle power relationships among the leaders.

Many groups that demonstrated at the embassy in Beijing on the 16th were carrying placards or wearing t-shirts with the photo of Mao Zedong. One Shanghai man in his 20s said:

“The Mao Zedong era was better, because most people were equal. The methods of the current government are ugly.”

When it was suggested that there was no direct connection between that and the Senkakus, he had nothing to say.

As the gap between the rich and the poor grows, and the corruption of the bureaucracy deepens in China, the worship of Mao Zedong is growing among conservatives and young people. But no one in previous anti-Japanese demonstrations carried portraits of Chairman Mao. Some hold the view that the spread of these demonstrations is a reflection of the growing support for conservatives.

The Xinhua news agency is complaining about LDP presidential candidate and former Defense Minister Ishiba Shigeru, who has called to change the designation of the Self-Defense Forces to a national military. They say it is a betrayal of the Japanese constitution.

And why does Xinhua think Mr. Ishiba is saying these things? Over the past two years, China has done more to accelerate the public discussion of constitutional reform in Japan than any Japanese. If they’re so interested in reading the Japanese constitution, they might start with the part guaranteeing freedom of speech.

For example, here are week-old instructions from the CCP Propaganda Department:

Propaganda Department of the Communist Party of China: (1) Do not make a fuss over the incident of experiments on genetically modified rice; (2) Do not report on the case of Li Qinghong in Guizhou Province; (3) Follow the specifications set out by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs concerning the issue of the Diaoyu Islands. Do not report on the activities of Diaoyu protection organizations on the mainland or in Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan. Do not report on the speech or activities of members of these organizations. (4) Keep a reliable grasp on those individual cases of petition letters which are liable to attract negative attention. Do not report on petitions involving people from Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan or foreign countries. Do not report on petitions involving ethnic minorities or religion.

Somebody’s knocking heads in Changha:

Reader hitokiri 1989 commented on another post that the Chinese weren’t really interested in starting any trouble. Perhaps he hadn’t seen this. It says: Kill small Japan, defend the Diaoyutai, and take back Japan.

NHK in Japan, the quasi-public broadcast network, is trying to keep the cool head. An announcer pointed out that only 5% of the population is causing trouble. Takeda Keigo tweeted that 5% of the Chinese population is close to the entire population of Great Britain or France.

Mark McKinnon of Canada’s Globe and Mail took this photo of the buses that brought today’s demonstrators to Beijing.

Off topic — Here’s how beggars are regulated in China today:

Run come sharp: It’s festival time in Wuxi.

Here’s a primer on the do’s and dont’s for the proper expression of patriotism from Xinhuanet. One Japanese on Twitter commented it’s as if some of these people are encountering civilization for the first time. The notation on the book in the middle panel of the first row of the blue section says “law”. The panel in the red section with the man saying “Help!” is a warning against Japanese hunting.

21 Responses to “The diaper brigade”

  1. 21st Century Schizoid Man said

    I liked their idea of diaper the best during these days.

  2. toadold said

    Funny how so many are saying things were better under Mao weren’t alive when Mao was in power. Some factions are apparently telling them that it was and they are believing it. I wonder how many will be left alive if they get Mao II back in power?

  3. 21st Century Schizoid Man said

    I tripped a lot to Peru before. There was a lot of corruption (I don’t know anything about the current climate of Brasil now I am living). My colleague living there once said that Peru’s future must be chosen by Peruvian people, nobody else, we are just doing commercial business there.

    So long as we see China as one nation (I think it is), I think the same goes to Chinese people, too. And the same goes to us and Korean people.

    Frequently we hate to admit most of the things we have is because we are us. If situation is very bad, we try to look for a cause outside. Frequently it is inside. No, we hate to face it.

    Substitute we for they and repeat.

  4. 21st Century Schizoid Man said

    A: As I wrote you added some. What was that picture of bleeding man? They fought with each other? Pity…
    2: I might keep adding to that post for a while. Maybe I’ll start an afternoon edition.

    Someone said on Twitter that someone responsible for security at the Japanese embassy said that when 100 Chinese get together, fights always break out. Secondhand, but there you go.


  5. 21st Century Schizoid Man said

    A: Thanks. I think when 100 burning hearts looking for a fun (or small money + lunch box, or all of them) gather, there is always a high risk of that, although in my mind the description portrays them very well.

    I think we (Chinese, Korean and Japanese) are closer than the closest biologically. Hence, mutual hatred.

    Difference is that we achieved more than they did in modern years. That may or may not change.

    And then why we cannot say when 100 Japanese get together, fights always break out? In Edo era, it was said Kaji to Kenka ha Edo no Hana (Fires and Fights are Flowers of Edo).

  6. 21st Century Schizoid Man said

    A: We see many things happening at the same time (wasn’t it a description of 60’s by Bob Dylan?).

    The Kill the Japanese, Defend the Diaoyutai, and take back Japan slogan might be printed by the owner just for fun. Don’t you think that Chinese people contain many of those who are just 御調子者? But at the same time, anti-Japanese rallied at more than 100 cities and Sankei said it showed how deep anti-Japan education has penetrated. It is always difficult to evaluate this type of thing.

    I started to think China’s current bad handling of affiars combined with not-so-well elaborated cover are the main causes for that 御調子者 (clowns) festivals, which CCP itself fears now.

    My question here is why CCP did this when they are not so confident about controlling it. Are they fools? Or, these out of rail things were calculated?

    If 1,000 fishing boats, even 0.1% of them, rally towards the island, it is very very troublesome. To the extent that the fishing boats are in fact a sort of 便衣隊 (guerillas or soldiers with civil attire), we can expect either restrained move (but for scout purpose) or bloody disgusting conflict. I only wish it will not turn out to be the latter, an armed version of the clowns!

    2: I don’t believe in holding people of different countries to different standards. For fun? To impress the neighbors? He really means it? I don’t find any explanation excusable.

    I also support free speech. I have no problem with anyone hanging up any sign saying anything. But we can draw conclusions about what sort of person might do that, and if the police decided to swing by his house more often than they do some other people’s to keep an eye on things, that’s OK too.

  7. toadold said

    The news about the Chinese economy just keeps getting worse. Apparently stocks of steel in warehouses that have been put up for collateral for loans in many cases don’t exist. They were put up as collateral for multiple loans from different lenders or in one case never existed.
    Take this site with salt but they do have some good reports sometimes.

  8. 21st Century Schizoid Man said

    A: Did NHK say 5%? Not 0.05%? I think I have to withdraw all my comments towards being spiritually prepared to receive all amendments I expect Chinese government and the clowns to make!

  9. 21st Century Schizoid Man said


    I forgot about him – Lu Xun. He wrote his first, A Madman’s Diary referring to cannibalism. That recognition shivers me.

  10. @ 21st Century

    Lu Xun was a great writer. He chronicled the sickness of the Chinese psyche at the time and called for a changing of ways. Actually I read somewhere, I apologise I can’t recall where, that one of the reasons for China’s “hate”/dislike of Japan goes way back to when Japan humbled them in the 1st Sino-Japanese War. As China always saw Japan as some semi-tributary state, therefore inferior, it stuck very hard when the “little brother” humbled them.

    Btw am I the only one that is disturbed that some of the protesters are more in support of Mao rather than anti-Japanese? Its one thing to vent out spleen against the Japan, but to openly support a madman who killed millions of his own people and clamor for his era of chaos is something that I find very disturbing. Guess it shows the indoctrination and whitewashing that is part of the CCP’s education policy. The greatest irony of their Mao-love is that Mao actually let bygones be bygones with Japan. Also I don’t think Mao will approve of their love of Iphones and Starbucks =)

  11. Btw this is a very good read
    H: Thanks for sending it in. The Boxer Rebellion idea is intriguing. I don’t understand why the guy is so astonished at certain events. Given the tone of the media and education, they shouldn’t be astonishing at all.


  12. Harry said

    “The Mao Zedong era was better, because most people were equal. The methods of the current government are ugly.”
    I think this comment says it all. People were poorer but more equal economically in Mao’s era. Systematic discrimination caused by the urban-rural household registration system is very serious today. Income disparity continues to widen. Top officials are corrupt and emigrating. I guess it’s kind of nostalgia.

    Maoism is now politically incorrect, and the currently leadership wouldn’t like Maoists (or Boists). But I think there is a possibility that they retake some power, close the country and kick foreigners out. Like that Asia Times article says, this whole movement reminds me of the Boxer Rebellion.

    Speaking of nostalgia, some people fondly remember the Republic of China era. They like the nation that still exists in Taiwan. That’s another inconvenient truth for the leadership.
    民国ブームと「静かな革命」 by 石平 (His friends were killed at Tiananmen.)

  13. Harry said

    More foreign targets?

  14. Ken said

    >I think we (Chinese, Korean and Japanese) are closer than the closest biologically.

    As a matter of fact, chromosome-wise, Tibetans are the closest to the Japanese. The Chinese and Koreans are different.
    Also you kindly replied to my answer with my grammatical errors instead of the questioner in other topic which I lost, didn’t you?
    I am not convinced still at all. Living in the country that I hate with the race that I hate? I cannot even imagine.
    As Koreans in Japan are that patriotic and sticking to their culture, I wonder why they do not enjoy it in circumstance filled with their culture.
    If current generation decide either of returning or naturalizing, it would become more hard for future generation to decide by the weight of accumulated anguish.
    Btw, the fact that more than half of Yakuza are composed of Koreans in Japan or Korean-Japanese is clearly stated in the book ‘The Enigma of Japanese Power’ by Prof Karel van Wolferen.

    Well, US is already their target too.

    K: I’m not so sure van Wolferen is an expert. Aceface on this site said he heard in the industry he insisted he not be interviewed in Japanese on TV. Others tell me he can’t read. Other more reliable people put Koreans or zainichi in Yakuza at 10%

    I’ve read stuff he’s written lately in English, and it’s a joke. It looks like his research was reading a print from the DPJ.

    I’m using that photo.

    – A.

  15. 21st Century Schizoid Man said

    If the count of flags burnt tells us how that nation is marvelous…no no no, it can’t be. Five stars might be the one just we do not know the fact…..

  16. 21st Century Schizoid Man said
    2: Thanks. Didn’t care for this at all. If I didn’t read this wrong, they seem to be suggesting Japan should admit there is a dispute and it’s the DPJs fault, and that China really wants to settle it peacefully. Thumbs down on all of that. This is one thing Noda’s handled well.

    I have a translation from Prof. Shimojo I’m working on about the Senkakus for here, which adds even more.


  17. 21st Century Schizoid Man said

    I am a bit surprised by knowing who is at the top does affect. I mean, here in Japan. What causes Noda to act like this, and is he really lame or not.
    2: His father was a career SDF officer. I think in defense matters, he is not at all like Hatoyama or Kan, and more like some people in the LDP.


  18. 21st Century Schizoid Man said

    A: I should have looked up Wiki or something before I made that question, thanks.

  19. Ken said

    >Other more reliable people put Koreans or zainichi in Yakuza at 10%.

    Wiki may be less reliable but for your reference,
    *デビッド・カプラン(en:David_Kaplan_(author))とアレック・デュブロ(en:Alec Dubro)の共著になる『ヤクザニッポン的犯罪地下帝国と右翼』(第三書館。原書名は『Yakuza:The Explosive Account of Japan’s Criminal Underworld』)には、「日本の最大広域暴力団・山口組の構成員2万5千人のうち約70%の者が部落出身者であり、約10%の者が韓国人等の外国人」という記述がある。ただし、原書のみ。邦訳版では削除。
    Your stats is close to the 1st sentence, which means that around 10% are foreigners such as Koreans not including zainichi.
    The 2nd sentence states 60% from cast district, 30% are Koreans in Japan, 10% are the Japanese, etc.
    Here is a question. Where had Korean-Japanese gone? South Korean gov says there are 2 million brethren in Japan.
    Koreans in Japan are around 0.6 million. So remaining 1.4 million who naturalized to Japan must be included in 60% or 10%.
    These have been a taboo in Japan as there is written that this part is deleted from Japanese version in the 1st sentence.
    I think Mr. Atsuyuki Sassa said that half of Yakuza were Korean ethnic in a TV program with synthesizing these info later.
    Though the word ‘right wing’ is added to the Japanese title of above mentioned book and 21CSM called them ‘Ultra right wing’, they are pseud right wing just like an opposite pseud left winger, Kenzaburou Oh-e.
    As the proof, that howling black truck does not claim, “Takeshima belongs to Japan.”

    Btw, I also read Prof. Wolferen’s book in English a few years ago and did not take it a joke though he is very critical of Japan.

  20. 21st Century Schizoid Man said

    Ken: Being critical is welcomed always provided that theirs are persuasive. I gather that most of Western critics being critical about Japan say something I read the other day from others. What exactly was the point of Prof. Wolferen?

  21. Ken said


    You do not seem so interested in Prof. Wolferen but the book is relating the dynamism in Japanese society and he says it is more influenced by Koreans than Japanese consciousness.

    Well, demo is a part time job in China.

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