Michael Yon, Japan Forward: The Hate Farm: China Is Planting a Bitter Harvest
Ask an American journalist, “Do you trust the Chinese government?” If the answer is yes, there is nothing more to talk about. If the answer is no, the next question is, “Do you trust them to tell the truth about Japan?”
China is leading a deadly information war. The first target is Japan. The ultimate target is the United States. For more than two years, our research team and I have been warning that a Chinese radicalization program will lead to terrorism against Japanese. These predictions are proving true, so far with minor attacks. In November 2015, a Korean extremist detonated an explosive device inside the grounds of Yasukuni Shrine. He fled to South Korea but was arrested when he returned to Japan the following month.
In 2013, another Korean broke into Yasukuni Shrine and threw canisters of paint thinner on the structures inside, perhaps in an attempt to recreate the arson attack of 2011 when a Chinese national set fire to one of Yasukuni’s gates. The man responsible for the 2013 incident later attacked the Japanese embassy in Seoul—but when South Korean authorities were told of his earlier crimes at Yasukuni, they refused to extradite him to stand trial in Japan.
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WNU Editor: Michael Yon is talking about something that this blog has been covering for years. The first thing that I noticed when I was stationed in China in the mid-1980s was the hatred that many in Asia had towards Japan .... and all of it stemmed from the Japanese wars in the 1930s and 1940s. Drive a Japanese car in South Korea .... there was an excellent chance that within a week it would be keyed/tires slashed/or kicked at. After a few drinks bring up Japan in China at a banquet ..... and wow .... the anti-Japanese rhetoric that I heard would make your skin crawl. With this base of resentment .... China's information war against Japan is probably the easiest job that anyone has in China .... and we are now seeing the results of it. In the past few years Chinese altitudes towards Japan have been stoked to the point where the Chinese consensus now is that all problems and disputes are the fault of Japan. Coupled this with a continuous push by Chinese authorities that China has been a victim of Japan's aggression in the past .... and that there is a need for revenge and accountability .... while driving a strong nationalistic message .... there is now a toxic brew in Asia. Where all of this is going to end up .... I do not know.