Chinese workers strike over Japanese boss' war denial

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Chinese workers strike over Japanese boss' war denial

BEIJING —
Around 1,000 Chinese workers went on strike after their Japanese boss denied Tokyo had invaded China and said its 1930s actions were to "help" the country escape colonial rule, state-run media reported Wednesday.

The walkout took place on Tuesday, the same day that Japan loosened the bonds on its powerful military, proclaiming the right to go into battle in defense of allies, in a highly controversial shift in the nation's post-World War II pacifist stance.

It came amid tensions between the two nations over wartime history and a territorial dispute in the East China Sea.

Masataka Kataoka, the head of Alps Electric, a Japanese investor in joint venture Chang'an Rihua Electronic Plant, said at a managerial meeting that Japan did not invade China, the Global Times reported.

Tokyo had moved to "help lift China out of colonial rule from countries like the U.S.," he said, according to the paper, which often takes a nationalist tone and is close to China's ruling Communist Party.

Workers gathered in protest for at least three hours, it said, until Kataoka apologised at the plant in Dongguan, in the southern province of Guangdong.

The China Daily carried a picture of Kataoka doing so, using a megaphone.

The apology lasted six minutes, the Southern Metropolis Daily reported, and ended with a "slight bow" to the workers.

The factory makes electronic products and parts for international brands including Japan's Hitachi, Panasonic, Sony and Pioneer, the China Daily said.

Japan invaded China in the 1930s and the two countries fought a full-scale war from 1937 until Tokyo's defeat in World War II in 1945.

Relations between the Asian giants soured in 2012 when Tokyo nationalised some of the disputed islands known as Diaoyu in China and Senkaku in Japan.

Chinese protesters took to the streets in major cities at that time, attacking Japanese diplomatic facilities and businesses, harassing individual Japanese and turning over vehicles made by the country's manufacturers in demonstrations initially condoned by authorities, who eventually restricted them.

Tensions escalated again late last year when Abe visited the controversial Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo that honors Japan's war dead, including convicted war criminals.

Japan's Jiji Press cited an Alps Electric official as saying Kataoka made the remarks because he wanted to express his strong hope for efforts by Chinese firms.

Chinese workers strike over Japanese boss' war denial "¹ Japan Today: Japan News and Discussion
Japan is getting aggressive in its dealing with China, to include statements by Japanese on Chinese soil.

The Japanese have real guts to do so in a country that is irrational, supremacist and not having a transparent and just legal system.

One cannot deny that if seen dispassionately, Japan was indeed challenging the western power.

It is a different matter that it was only changing the masters of China from Caucasian to Asian.

But in those days China had many masters.
 

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The comment of one to this article is also interesting

This is all started by the Chinese executive in that firm ,Zhang Hongquan , who flamed Chinese workers , and also, here is the photo of Masataka Kataoka , being surrounded with Chinese workers, while he is reading his apology ( the question is, who wrote it ? , that man was scared for his life ) http://english.cri.cn/mmsource/images/2014/07/02/08c6e2c1fab14201956207cbf785e5bd.jpg . And at this moment , we only have info from those things China Comunist press told us , I just want to hear Masataka Kataoka version . Bdw, Asashi Shinbun used propaganda style of news title "Chinese workers protest after chairman says Japan protected China in WWII" , and as we see, even in this article, tipped by Chinese goverment, there is no mentioning Japan protected China, but only that Japan liberated China from colonial rule, thats two diferent things, protection and liberation . And the reason why Asashi Shinbun used face words is because its good propaganda against Japan politics , because no one in sane mind would say Japan protected China in WWII ( as we seen, no one didnt told , its all Asashi Shinbum lies and manipulations Chinese workers strike over Japanese boss' war denial "¹ Japan Today: Japan News and Discussion
It shows how China dreads Japan wherein the cannot take at face value what is said by a Japanese.
 
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Japanese helped lift China out of colonial rule from countries like the U.S. then ate two atomic bombs from the U.S.

What a touching story!

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends.
 
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Great Job China ..... continue opposing Japanese :thumb:
 

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Japanese helped lift China out of colonial rule from countries like the U.S. then ate two atomic bombs from the U.S.

What a touching story!

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends.
Actually, the popular version is that Japan enslaved China like the Western imperialists.
 

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How many of the PRC people are working for Japanese brands and companies.

How many of the PRC people consume and have a choice to use Japanese brands and companies. (Best Global Brands | Brand Profiles & Valuations of the World's Top Brands)

The PRC government is walking a thin-red line to make sure that the latter continues to be available to be a choice to the PRC people.

Also how about the PRC partner(s) to the company that the Japanese invested:

Alps Electric, a Japanese investor in joint venture Chang'an Rihua Electronic Plant
I am not sure if everyone in PRC will want to kick the Japanese out of PRC and also want to let go of their hands when they try to pull it away.

Its not the people and 1000 workers of PRC but the rich and heads of business in PRC that will decide what happens to Japanese investment and products in PRC. What will be the discussion between the Japanese partners and PRC partners for the above venture is more important compared to the 1000 workers anger. Obviously government and people of PRC they want the PRC industry develops faster that way there is no need for Japanese.

Will the 1000 workers go up to the PRC partners and demand them remove and close down the business with the Japanese.

But Japanese products and brands and people are not precarious they have much and many choices all over the world and one of them is India.

In India i am sure that there must have been issues with Japanese companies but they are labor and compensation related. But the above is purely xenophobic.

I am sure eventually the PRC government will coool such feelings down because at the end of the day business is business and there is a lot of people that rely on Japanese business especially the rich in PRC.
 

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Actually, the popular version is that Japan enslaved China like the Western imperialists.
Actually sentiments of "down trodden" peoples of British colonies r understandable. Your Netaji Bose who collaborated with Japanese must hav felt whatever came your way could be better than old masters (Brits in your case), so did Aung Sang of Burma and Sukarno of Indonesia. In that instance Japanese for u folks were rightfully "liberators" whom many of Indians soliders switched their loyalty to against former lords. Indeed Japanese who shook Brit empire did contribute to your "independence" in a way.

Meanwhile I'm kinda sick of leftist cliche on "evil" imperialism or colonialism. That's of course incorrect. As a matter of fact India was endowed with lots of legacies - civilization, infra, legal sys. , democracy, English and so on, which u still benefit from today and r proud of. Without Brits an "India" culdnt even hv bn forged! Indians ought to remain grateful of so many things.

Western colonialism or imperialism shall be reviewed in a positive light.

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Actually sentiments of "down trodden" peoples of British colonies r understandable. Your Netaji Bose who collaborated with Japanese must hav felt whatever came your way could be better than old masters (Brits in your case), so did Aung Sang of Burma and Sukarno of Indonesia. In that instance Japanese for u folks were rightfully "liberators" whom many of Indians soliders switched their loyalty to against former lords. Indeed Japanese who shook Brit empire did contribute to your "independence" in a way.

Meanwhile I'm kinda sick of leftist cliche on "evil" imperialism or colonialism. That's of course incorrect. As a matter of fact India was endowed with lots of legacies - civilization, infra, legal sys. , democracy, English and so on, which u still benefit from today and r proud of. Without Brits an "India" culdnt even hv bn forged! Indians ought to remain grateful of so many things.

Western colonialism or imperialism shall be reviewed in a positive light.

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I wonder who were downtrodden?

Those mentioned by you or China, which was made a vassal by the Imperial powers and China claims have been massacred by an Asian country in Nanking. Of course, that is the Chinese version, but the Japanese who walked over them like real imperialists claim that it is figment of Chinese and imperialist imaginations.

Well, the Japanese did in a way hasten the Independence. It depends how one perceives history.

Indians are a very liberal and compassionate people. That is why we acknowledge the contributions of all including the British and the Moguls. Only jingos like the Chinese close their little mind and eyes and that is why Mao called the Chinese frogs in the well.
 

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