View of the World - Masuhiko Hirobuchi

August 20, 2012

Public opinion based on ignorance -

Have you watched any recent Chinese TV news ? All anchorpersons are telling that the Senkaku Islands have been Chinese lands and that Japan is illegally occupying the territory. They appeal to the emotions of the audience and try to make them 'nationalists' or anti-Japanese patriots. In addition to those biased news, Chinese people have been taught that the islands are Chinese property. The radical demonstrations in many cities are the products of bias, misunderstandings and igonorance. In order that Japan can deal with these people, the government has to tell the 'facts' with utmost patience and carefulness to the world news media. So many wars and conflicts have been caused by misunderstandings and ignorance. This is the lesson that history tells us.

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1 : 悠々 : August 20, 2012 11:11 PM

尖閣列島の問題についての中国国民の抗議行動は、確かに誤解と無知によって引き起こされているのですが、中国政府が自分たちの失政を覆い隠すためにわざと尖閣問題を大げさに報道して民衆を欺いているのが大きな原因です。
韓国大統領の竹島訪問にしても同じパターンです。
日本ももっと自己主張をハッキリとしなければなりません。
今はマスメディアだけではなく、netでの伝達が大きな力を持っているのですから、それらを活用して我々の小さな力でもそれに役立てていきたいです。

2 : Lost Samurai in Mad : August 21, 2012 01:30 AM

Dear knight of the lake,

I think here is the limit of the Red China. Organized demonstration can be controlled by the government. But Un-controlled people and power is also blooming in major cities of Red China.

Even controlled demonstrations are regulated on broadcasting. We do not know how many un-controlled ones are held in entire Red China.

Red China must oppose against act of Japan. But at the same time they have to control act against Japan by PEOPLE with Patriotism. This will be big dilemma for current and coming administration.

They must select, either global Harmony or Patriotism which they spread out to the People. And it will easily turn around to against RED China themselves.

Let us see, How new administration will handle this contradictory situation. Without harmony with the world, no prosperity. Without Patriotism, no Red China.........

3 : 湖の騎士 : August 21, 2012 08:48 PM

Mr. Yuuyuu:
Many thanks for your kind comment. As you pointed out, Chinese government must have tried to conceal their failures. What is crucially important for Japan is to explain the issue to the Chinese public telling them that their knowledge and iformation about the islands are so biased. Ask the public if they believe that they are given censor-free information that the other nations are enjoying. This proposal may be very provocative to them. However, this is the "must" for the Japanese to secure the peace in this area.
As far as the Koreans are concerned, I will write another article soon. Please wait.

4 : 湖の騎士 : August 22, 2012 06:33 AM

Mr. Lost Samurai in Mud: Thank you very much for your comment. As you say, Chinese government is facing a great contradiction. Controllinga state-run media may be possible. But uncontrolled opinions through net and verbal communication is exploding in major cities. Other nations are becoming more and more anti-Chinese. Can China survive in good harmony with other peoples of the world ? My view is rather negative. The Chinese are too arrogant to admit their faults.