Japan upset as Chinese paper prints mushroom clouds on map

TOKYO/BEIJING Tue Jul 8, 2014 10:24am EDT

Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida gives a speech during a seminar in Tokyo January 17, 2014.   REUTERS/Yuya Shino

Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida gives a speech during a seminar in Tokyo January 17, 2014.

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TOKYO/BEIJING (Reuters) - Japan on Tuesday vowed to make a stern protest to China after a regional Chinese newspaper printed a map of the country with mushroom clouds hovering over the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and accused the Japanese of wanting war again.

The neighbours have a long history of tense relations. Beijing bristles at Japan's inability to properly atone for its invasion of China before and during World War Two, and its occupation of large parts of the country.

The newspaper, the weekly Chongqing Youth News from the southwestern city of Chongqing, printed the picture in its latest edition, Chinese media reported, though it appeared later to have been removed from the paper's website version.

The picture showed a map of Japan with mushroom clouds over Hiroshima and Nagasaki - both of which were hit by nuclear bombs at the end of World War Two - and the words in Chinese and English, "Japan wants a war again".

A picture of the page was carried on the website of the Global Times, a widely-read tabloid published by the ruling Communist Party's official People's Daily.

"As the butcher of World War Two, the blood on Japan's hands has yet to dry," the Chongqing Youth News wrote in an accompanying article that remains available on its website.

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said the paper's comment and the accompanying map were regrettable.

"As foreign minister of the only country that has suffered nuclear attacks, and as a politician from Hiroshima, I cannot tolerate this," he told reporters.

"I issued an instruction to check the facts with the paper in question speedily through the consulate in Chongqing and, if it turns out to be true, to lodge a stern protest."

Calls to the newspaper seeking comment went unanswered. Its website says the newspaper is published by the Chongqing branch of the party's Youth League.

Japanese leaders have repeatedly apologised for suffering caused by the country's wartime actions, including a landmark 1995 apology by then prime minister Tomiichi Murayama. Japan's government, including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, has repeatedly said that Japan has faced up to its past sincerely.

But contradictory remarks from conservative politicians have cast doubt on that sincerity.

(Reporting by Kiyoshi Takanaka and Ben Blanchard; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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Comments (10)
MonitorLizard wrote:
Japan just needs to get over itself. I’m sure there has been some unsavoury material in Japanese newspapers.

Jul 08, 2014 11:10am EDT  --  Report as abuse
fyus wrote:
Japan should first think about why it was nuclear-bombed.

Jul 08, 2014 11:26am EDT  --  Report as abuse
AtlasMirror wrote:
You think Abe has faced up to its past sincerely. NO. See what this liar did:

1. Deny Tokyo Trial
2. Deny comfort women
3. Deny WWII war crimes
4. Changing constitution for imperail army return and bring back evil emperor to be head of States.
5. Openly admitted himself an extreme right member in front of UN.
6. Increase military spending even under US protection.
7. Worshipped the ghostly WWII war criminals Shrine as an great insult to all WWII victims. There is no hero there.
8. Keeping the stolen islands that is not belong to Japan which JP needs to return to China after WWII defeat.
9. Changing school text and put incorrect history to school children.
10. Still not repent from WWII compare with Germany which is much much better than Japan.
11. Hiding the nuclear weapon materials which violates the constitution. Now return to US becasue under US pressure.
12. U.S. alarmed about plutonium stockpile growing from Rokkasho plant.
13. Lying to the whole world saying China digital military spending in past years. Compare in 2013 military spending, Japan is 40 % of China and China is 30% of US.
14. Showing Abe is a two faced man. One saying Japan needs to improve China relationship but on the other hand trying to contain China with other countries.
15. Family backgound: Abe is from the famous WWII war criminal family member. His grandfather Kishi ws a key cabinet member of the evil imperial Japan army.

Abe and his ally going to ultranationalist direction making anger of neighbouring countries. In fact, Abe’s objective is to bring back the lost glory of the evil imperial Japan army.

Jul 08, 2014 11:37am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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