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20 June 2006

Fierce debate on the history

Heated Discussions Start between Chinese and Japanese Netizens as China Unveils its First BBS in Japanese

China’s First BBS in Japanese

The person in charge of the BBS hopes that more Chinese netizens proficient in Japanese join the BBS to refute the erroneous historical views held by some Japanese netizens.

By Li Meng from World News Journal

Many Japanese netizens have been attracted by China’s first BBS in Japanese on jp.chinabroadcast.cn, the Japanese website opened by China Radio International (CRI) on May 10. More than 1,400 messages concerning Sino-Japanese relations have been posted on this BBS by June 10. The number of hits for those messages on Yasukuni Shrine reached 50,000, making it the hottest topic on the BBS.

Eye-witness the debates on Yasukuni shrine visits

In the afternoon of June 10 2005, our correspondent visited the BBS webmaster’s office and witnessed the heated debates on Koizoumi’s visits to Yasukuni shrine among Chinese, Japanese and South Korean netizens.

Kentaro Ofuji (Japanese netizen): “Visit to Yasukuni shrine is simply a way for us to honor the dead. It will amount to interference in our internal affairs if you make things difficult for us on the pretext of this issue.”

PARK (South Korean netizen): “The Japanese common sense is: Neither China nor South Korea is right. Only Japan is always right.”

XIAO (Chinese netizen): “You said that only three Asian countries (China, South Korea, North Korea) are opposed to Yasukuni visits. How come one country is criticized by its three neighbors at the same time? Could it be that only you are right while the other three countries are in the wrong?”

The unreasonable Japanese netizens

According to Mr. Wang Wei, who manages the BBS and works at the Japanese section of CRI, there are quite a number of Japanese who hold anti-China views although some Japanese netizens do hope that China and Japan enjoy friendly relationships.

The webmaster Mr. Hu Desheng related an incident in which a Chinese netizen argued with a Japanese netizen over Nanjing Massacre. While the Chinese netizen accused Japan of killing many Chinese, the Japanese netizen, who was oblivious to reason, challenged him to produce the evidence. When pictures of Nanjing Massacre were posted on the BBS, the Japanese netizen not only dismissed them as fake but also demanded to know who took the pictures, what the source was and where they found them. “It seems to us that they have numerous irrational beliefs and claims, some of which are purely false arguments.”

In accordance with the BBS’s regulations, the messages posted by Japanese cannot be changed at will. Mrs. Liao Li, deputy director at the Japanese section at CRI, noted that right now over 90% of the users of this BBS are Japanese and the rest of the users are from China, South Korea and the US. She also expressed hope that more experts in Japanese studies and youth who know Japanese will visit this BBS to effectively refute the erroneous historical views held by Japan.

Incorrigible Japanese

Japanese and Chinese have completely different historical views, said Jin Xide, who is a researcher at Institute of Japanese Research under China’s Academy of Social Sciences.

The history education of postwar Japan is characterized by two features. First, the education system teaches a distorted history, which claims that International Military Tribunal for the Far East issued unfair verdicts and Nanjing Massacre did not happen at all. Second, this part of history is simply neglected. The history textbooks of postwar Japan generally introduces Meiji Reform, the defeat of Russia in the Russo-Japanese war and then skips to the end of the Second World War. The modern history is almost never tested, not to say the invasion of China. The history teachers never teach students this part, although it is included in the syllabus.

Jin Dexi is quite pessimistic about any possible change of attitude on the Japanese part since Japan’s postwar generations grow up in such an environment.

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