On September 7th, 2010, a Chinese trawler, Minjinyu 5179, operating in controversial territorial waters collided with Japanese Coast Guard's patrol boats near the Senkaku Islands(or Diaoyutai Islands in Chinese). Japan's detention of the skipper brought about a serious diplomatic dispute between China and Japan. China's demands for the release of the skipper were not accepted, but the detention of the skipper was extended for a further 10 days. This so-called 2010 Senkaku Boat Collision Incident( or the Minjinyu 5179 Incident) outraged the Chinese general public and anti-Japan protests, consequently, broke out in Beijing and Shanghai. Even though the skipper was safely released on September 24th, due to the Chinese government’s unyielding
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People smashed the Japanese-branded cars and Japanese restaurants on the streets, burnt the Japanese flags, and attacked Japanese firms with rocks. The debate on the anti-Japan acts were unfold on the Chinese online forums. Some members argued that the acts were no more than the new versions of Boxer Rebellion and the irrational nationalism should be blamed. As for the government’s attitude, The Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhaoxu Ma, advocated that rational dialogue is crucial on mutually beneficial relations and that radical behavior and violation of laws were not appropriate in terms of patriotism. However, the rest of them argued that the online condemnations and the speech given by Ma were repressions on their passionate patriotism.
Behind the Story of the Anti-Japan Acts Although the island possession has been the issue between Japan and China since 1971, when China first claimed to have the sovereignty over the island , the incident was served mostly as a blasting fuse of China’s long accumulated grievances against Japan, or even the social situation in China. After the World War II, anti-Japanese sentiment begun in countries including the US, both North and South Korea, and China. The Chinese government has been emphasizing the Japanese soldiers’ cruelty with graphics in textbooks, broadcasting anti-Japan war movies, and launching propaganda portraying Japanese as pure monsters. Reviving the war memories not