Chinese people’s complex feeling toward Japan’s catastrophe
The current catastrophe in Japan is all over the news in China now. It is so predominant that the earthquake in the country’s southern city Yunnan province was eclipsed to some extent. However, behind the attention is Chinese people’s different and mixed attitude toward this tragedy in Japan.
While most people expressing their concern and empathy to the people in Japan in various forms, voice of different opinion are not any weaker.
Above is a video on how 50 technicians brave the radiation and fire and stay in the nuclear power plant to prevent potential catastrophe. Take a look at the comments followed the video, I’m shocked at how the public opinion has been polarized on this issue. I’ve translated part of the comments as below:
” only blessing for them, I’m moved by their spirit…. In the face of disaster, we are equal”
” The Japs are being too greedy and ambitious. It has to pay for its own behavior, sooner or later. Now should be the time for its karma. They know very well it’s the earthquake-prone region but still build so many nuclear power plants on it. The truth is they want to store up nuclear bombs. Let’s see, similar incident will keep happening in the future, they deserve it….
“In face of disaster, all human being are one family… Hope the 50 heroes can live their old age healthily. Go go go, Japan!”
” to treat the wolf that once bite you can’t prove your leniency. “
那不是地震，是南京三十万的野鬼在颤抖；也不是海啸，是东三省流浪的孤魂在咆哮；更不是什么核辐射，是731部队科技发展的后代找到了根。 你们祈什么样福？他们有靖国神社罩着呢！你们捐什么款？甲午战争的赔款都还没有花完！你们救什么助？他们钓鱼岛都有能力布防！ 出来混总是要还的!!
“That’s not an earthquake, it’s the tremble from the 300 thousand ghosts died in the Nanjing Massacre. It’s not an tsunami either, it’s the roar of the lost souls from the northeast China (Japanese troop committed massacre in 3 northeast provinces in China..) It’s much less the nuclear radiation, it’s the Unit 731’s progress in its technological development for its offsprings. What are you praying for? They have the Yasukuni Shrine to take care of them. What are you donating money for? They still have the compensation we gave them in the Sino-Japanese War! Why are you offering rescue to them? They have the ability to deploy troops on the Diaoyu Island. Every one has to pay for his own mistake at the end of the day!
The Japanese are only getting caught in their own trap. They deserve it!
” …those who show empathy to Japan prove the Chinese people’s kindness. But please stop and think a bit. what a potential danger they’re posing to China. Have you ever think of it? If all Chinese stop buying Japanese goods, Japan will fall down. Japan’s leader always treat China as an underdeveloped nation. Don’t feel sorry for those who don’t deserve empathy. Do you know how dangerous it is to let a tiger back to the mountain( Chinese saying, means “Save a thief from gallows and he will help hang you” ) I hope our country can become more and more powerful.”
坦白说你可能没有注意新闻，汶川地震时 日本的救援队 是第一个到达的，而且日本全程的参与时8个受损城市的重建工作，日本所有的便利店都有民间募捐箱。。。。捐了很多钱。有时候，我的眼光可以远点，胸怀也可以宽点。。。这次受难的毕竟都是普通人 ，不是政府。。。
Frankly speaking, you probably didn’t watch news broadcast a lot. When the Wen-chuan earthquake happened, the Japanese rescue team is the first one to arrive and they take part in the reconstruction in the 8 affected cities in China. At that time, all the convenient stores in Japan has a donation box….They have donated a lot of money. Sometimes, we should more open mind… After all, Those who suffers in this disaster are all average people, not the government.
Little Japs, you can’t die in this way, stand up like a man. China is coming back for you in 40 years. ( He’s being encouraging to the Japanese people)
I’m really touched. I didn’t know Japanese can also be so moving. Don’t be too judgmental in terms of people. Those Japanese heroes are great! I’ll pray for you and hope you can all back safe and sound. Because your families are waiting for you!
Part of the reasons for this polarized attitude toward Japan’s disaster is the legacy from the history and the continuous rivalry today between the 2 countries. Another important reason is people are suspecting that Japanese themselves should be blamed for this disastrous earthquake and tsunami that killed so many and threatened not only Japanese life but the life all over the world. In a post on MOP, the author claims that, Japan has a rich resource of solar energy and wind power but keeps ignoring them and instead develops the nuclear power for electricity. Also, they use uranium plutonium mixed oxide fuel in the Fukushima Nuclear Power Station instead of the much cheaper but safer materials, employ the less secure fast breeder ….all for the sake of making plutonium for the production for nuclear bomb. One month before the earthquake, Japan made it clear that they need to make nuclear bomb and was working on it. For a 370 thousand sq.km’s territory, Japan has built 57 nuclear power station! Each station has 4-6 reactors, that means almost every counties in Japan has a nuclear reactor for electricity, which is totally absurd!