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Sora Aoi blasted by Chinese netizens after unsuccessful attempt at diplomacy

With China—Japan relations at their lowest ebb since, well, the last time there were mass anti-Japanese protests in China, it’s easy to forget the human toll of these political disputes.

Japanese AV star and model Sora Aoi, who has built up quite the following in China, posted on her Weibo blog that she hoped ordinary people could maintain good relations. She wrote she was a person, too, and that she felt bad.

So far, so good.

Then she posted a piece of calligraphy that read, “Japan—China Friendship.”

Uh-oh. You see, she put the character for “Japan” before the character for “China.”

The Chinese netizenry was not amused.

Ten minutes later, the actress posted another piece of calligraphy with characters put in their “proper” place, with China first. It was too little, too late, though. She got about 100,000 comments, mostly of the anti-Japanese sort.

In fact, there was one report that a man held a protest at a square in Dalian—one of my favorite cities, incidentally—holding up a sign saying, “Sora Aoi, I don’t need you anymore. Return the Diaoyu Islands.”

Heartbreaking stuff.

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  • http://www.xanga.com/wangkon936 WangKon936

    If Sora Aoi can’t dent the furor of 800 million some odd red blooded Chinese men, then nothing can…

    She could volunteer to have sex with a… good percentage of them for free as a last resort…

  • http://www.xanga.com/wangkon936 WangKon936

    “Uh-oh. You see, she put the character for “Japan” before the character for “China.”

    Back in the 7th century A.D. the Sui Dynasty got pissed off at the Yamato court for sending one of their first tribute missions with the salutation, “The land where the sun rises greets the land where the sun sets.”

    Gee…. and people think Koreans are sensitive!

  • enomoseki

    Japan is pulling out of their companies and factories from China. The riot is so bad that japanese business owners took down any japanese signs from their shop, some even put a banner in front of their store saying “Diaoyu island belongs to China” in the fear of vandalism of their stores.

    What an economic disaster for japan.

  • Q

    Where are Japanese asshats who would send “Senkaku is Japanese territory,” “Nanking massacre did not happen” sticks to Chinese?

    Anyway, this Chinese man wrote on his body “愛日AV女 更愛釣魚島” (I love Japanese AV girls, but I love Diaoyu Islands more.”

  • Wedge

    It’s more of a disaster for China than Japan. The Chicoms are soiling their shorts right now since they know these kinds of protests have historically led to the ruling faction’s downfall.

  • Veritas

    What an economic disaster for China as well, for that matter.

    As mentioned in the BBC, Japan moving their factories to other countries like Thailand is going to have a negative impact on China as well. After all, I’m pretty darn sure most of the people employed by these factories are Chinese people who live relatively close to those factories. Japanese firms – along with firms from other countries, that is – have been looking at labor cost in China steadily rising. This might be the excuse they need to completely pull out from China.

    It doesn’t really help that these “anti-Japanese riots” also seem to be attacking places like Rolex and McDonalds. That, and strangely I also get the feeling that most of the “Japanese” cars they are going around smashing are owned by Chinese people.

  • josemareta

    To No. 7
    I think Seven Eleven is for the Dokdo cause. So does Ministop.
    Nice if you live in a country where Family Mart becomes CU and suddenly opens a store in Dokdo.

  • josemareta

    It should read:
    To No. 3

  • josemareta

    To No. 6 (Maybe)
    Demostrators fight China police and their cars, and banks and… Maybe they think it is a good moment to get together and let their voice being heard.
    And maybe, Japan helped.

  • Wedge

    #6: Good point on political risk: One reason China has done so well at attracting FDI is a lack of it.

    This is an own-goal for China.

  • Q

    Both China and Japan would bleed in the economic war. China Daily reported:

    According to Japanese customs statistics, Japan exported $73.72 billion worth of goods to China in the first six months of this year, which was 18 percent of its total exports. And Japan’s imports from China added up to $91.34 billion, or 20.5 percent of its total imports.


  • Q

    The China-Japan tension would expand more opportunity to the US and European car dealership in China. Bloomber reports
    Anti-Japan Protests in China Seen Costlier Than Tsunami: Cars

    Consumers shunning Japanese models may turn to market leaders General Motors Co., which this year has sold 1.84 million cars in China under brands including Buick, Chevrolet and Cadillac, and Volkswagen AG, whose two joint ventures have sold a total of 1.49 million vehicles this year.

  • slim

    Gee…. and people think Koreans are sensitive!

    On the infantile nationalism scale, Korea is a mere piker compared to China, notwithstanding the valiant efforts of Lee Myung-bak last month and the Chosun Ilbo editorial board nearly every day.

  • iMe

    This is why every decent country should ban Chinese from residing in their country. They are cancerous and they will bring you down sooner than later.

    Fuck China.

  • frogmouth

    WTF iMe…

    Chinese have lived in North America for ages. Didn’t you watch “Kung-fu..?

  • jk6411

    Where would Americans be without Chinese food??
    I would be inconsolable.

  • Q

    Japan was stupid enough to stimulating neighbor nations when the nation is suffering from declining economy and disaster. What reactions of European neighbors would you expect if Germany denied their atrocities and crimes in the war, allowed Nazis political activities, and did not give up territorial conflicts? Why Westerners not see why other Asians are against Japan?

  • iMe

    We’d be eating more Mexican which isn’t a bad thing.

  • http://www.xanga.com/wangkon936 WangKon936


    It’s really a variation of tex-mex or tacos with freak’in bulgogi in it. It’s not really “mexican” food….

  • Veritas

    Well, even with Japan and Korea going at it over the Liancourt Rocks, I haven’t really heard about angry mobs in either country going around and attacking various firms owned by their respective countries. There seems to be some isolated incidents, yes, but that seems to be it.

    Kinda tells you something about China, I suppose.

  • slim

    This is ENTIRELY about China and its role in the world. That’s what makes it so troubling.

  • SomeguyinKorea

    “Nice if you live in a country where Family Mart becomes CU and suddenly opens a store in Dokdo.”

    That re-branding was such a rush job, they picked two of the worst colours they could up with as their corporate colours and missed that the new logo says “CV”.

  • SomeguyinKorea


    How can you not see the CCP is wagging the dog? This is about Bo Xilai’s wife’s trial and him, as of yesterday, being implicated in the murder.