Pandas Become Diplomatic Casualties

Sep 25, 2012 Full story: KBOI-AM Boise

It was supposed to be a goodwill gesture. After the earthquake and tsunami devastated much of her Japanese city last year, Sendai Mayor Emiko Okuyama asked Beijing if it would loan a pair of giant pandas to the local Yagiyama Zoo to cheer up young kids in the Tohoku region.

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Since: Aug 12

Yamashitacho, Japan

#1 Sep 25, 2012
Japanese Attitude Is Mostly Paradoxical

For example, North Korea is a mere Japan's puppet.

Yet North Korea is one of the examples of the Japanese conspiracy which is easy to understand.

Minzu, China

#2 Sep 26, 2012
While the surface factors are complicated enough — conflicting territorial claims where both sides arguably are right, because they base their arguments on the logic of different historical periods — what is really worrying about the anger in China is how it is rooted in nationalism encouraged by the government, commentators, both Chinese and foreign, say.

Right-wing nationalism in Japan is a major inflammatory factor. The last time Chinese demonstrated on this scale against Japan was in 2005, over the whitewashing of Japan’s World War II crimes in Japanese history textbooks. Western diplomats blame Japan for this current round of tension, which began in April when the nationalist governor of Tokyo, Shintaro Ishihara, announced the city was considering buying the islands from the family that owned them.(The Japanese government’s purchase last week aimed at calming tensions by keeping them out of Mr. Ishihara’s hands. Judging by the reaction, it didn’t work.)

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