China's BFO to Japan

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Heard on the radio today that we (as in Hong Kong) are to get the 3rd September off in line with the rest of the PRC to celebrate Japan's surrender 70 years ago. There is also a move by Big Brother to make it an annual holiday.
China Sets Holiday to Mark 70th Anniversary of Japan Defeat
Chinese President Xi Jinping attends an award ceremony for WW II veterans at the World War II museum in Minsk on May 11. Photographer: Sergei Gapon/AFP/Getty Images

China declared Sept. 3 a national holiday this year to mark the 70th anniversary of the allied victory over Japan, the latest move by the Communist Party to focus attention on Japan’s wartime legacy.

The work holiday elevates the national “Victory Day” commemoration declared by China’s legislature last year. World War II commemorations this year have fueled new calls by China and South Korea for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to publicly atone for Japan’s aggression during the war.

President Xi Jinping plans to hold a military parade in September at the site Japan attacked in 1937 to trigger the Second Sino-Japanese War, people with direct knowledge of the plan said in March. Along with the World War II victory, the country last year set aside a day to remember the Nanking Massacre in 1937.

Hong Kong followed suit and proposed a one-time holiday Sept. 3 for the anniversary of “the Chinese people’s war of resistance against Japanese aggression.” The city, which was occupied by the Imperial Army during the war, celebrated Liberation Day on the last Monday of August until the British returned sovereignty to China in 1997.

In July 2013, Xi became the first Chinese leader to attend an official commemoration of the start of the Second Sino-Japanese war, which later became part of the global conflict. China also published an official list of 300 “Anti-Japanese Heroes” who died in the war.

The government in Beijing will invite world leaders to this year’s commemorations of China’s “War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression as well as the World Anti-Fascist War,” the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

Last week, Xi joined Russian President Vladimir Putin for a similar military parade in Moscow’s Red Square marking the defeat of Nazi Germany. The event was boycotted by Western leaders including U.S. President Barack Obama.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...holiday-to-mark-anniversary-of-japan-s-defeat
Given Shinzo Abe's offerings to the Yasukuni Shrine, and the tensions over the Diaoyu Islands this is a fairly big Foxtrot Oscar to Japan.

I'm interested to hear what China watcher @smartascarrots has to say about this.
 
I'm fine with that. Unlike Germany, Japan has done its best to airbrush its misdeeds from history.

China suffered at the hands of imperial Japan more than any other nation.
 
Actually, the fact that the PRC hasn't previously had one makes the announcement interesting. Both Koreas have celebrated Gwangbokjeol since WWII and the Republic of China had Retrocession Day until the Chen administration turned it into a non-holiday memorial day (i.e. celebrate it on your own time). The timing of this move is intriguing.

For my money, it's part of the complicated not-quite-alliance with Russia. That's about more than just oil and gas and pissing contests over Central Asia, the two countries agree on the necessity of 'proper remembering'. Xi made an agreement earlier this year that the 70th Anniversary was to be a rallying point "safeguard the outcome of the victory of World War II and post-WWII order" and I think that last part is the most important to the PRC.

That "post-WWII order" includes Japan not benefiting from its aggressions, as was laid out fairly explicitly in the Surrender Instrument that it shouldn't. From the Chinese perspective, the period since about 1948 has been one long saga of the Western allied powers cynically going back on the terms of the Potsdam Declaration without consulting either of the Chinas or Russia. Retaining the Monarchy (Article 6), allowing Japan to re-arm (Articles 7, 9 & 11), unilaterally handing 'administrative control' of the Ryukyus to Tokyo then failing to wind them in over claims this confers sovereignty (Article 8 ) - from their perspective, they're holding the line against historic revisionism and not just from Japan.

Why they didn't have a National 'Do One, Guizi' Day before was down to both need and politics. During the Mao era, Marxism-Leninism required that they believe the ordinary Japanese people were also victims of capitalist aggression as personified by Japanese militarists. Marking a victory of one country over another was meaningless compared to the victory of the proletariat over the exploiter class that this view of the war expounded. There was also the secret compact to waive reparations in return for the help of Japanese individuals, companies and NGOs in developing the Chinese economy which was still pretty much rural-agrarian at the time. The QPQ was a bit Basil Fawlty-esque about certain indiscretions of the 1930s and 40s.

Now, with a pretty well-developed economy, a military which can deter aggression, growing diplomatic clout and a political climate which is happy to say that they're Chinese and not just Communist, they don't feel a need to, as they see it, pander to Japanese sensibilities any more.
 
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I wish someone would tell my wife that they are supposed to have surrendered.


I'll be here all week - try the veal
 

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I'm a Moderator on a modelling forum, and we just had to ask a Japanese member to change his location back to 'Japan' after he'd changed it to "The Great Japanese Empire".
 
I'm a Moderator on a modelling forum, and we just had to ask a Japanese member to change his location back to 'Japan' after he'd changed it to "The Great Japanese Empire".
Must have gone down a storm in HK.
 
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Happy Holidays!

Yesterday we celebrated 70 years of freedom from Ffrench oppression here in Vietnam.

There were cakes and laboons and things.
 
We marked the holiday here in HK by going shopping. Therefore I reckon then that my wife has paid reparations and everyone can now forget about the whole thing.
 
We marked the holiday here in HK by going shopping. Therefore I reckon then that my wife has paid reparations and everyone can now forget about the whole thing.
**** me, mate. I don't think anyone was asking for that much!
 
I wonder at the effectiveness of Chinese military hardware. Because everything else they make is shoite. I'm surprised the tanks got a whole day out without falling to bits.
 
Very noble - except that you are wrong

JVC was founded in 1927 as "The Victor Talking Machine Company of Japan, Limited," a subsidiary of the United States' leading phonograph and record company, the Victor Talking Machine Company

The V has always stood for 'Victor' not "Victory'

The 'Victor' in the American name has an unknown provenance - although it is believed that the founder believed his gramophone invention to be a victory, hence the name. However even if the name is linked to the word 'victory' it is not, and never has been, anything to with any Japanese victory.

Now, go and treat yourself to a new car stereo :D
 
And thats fckn told HIM!
 
I wish someone would tell my wife that they are supposed to have surrendered.


I'll be here all week - try the veal
I don't mean to be rude, but having seen many Japanese porno films (no this is not about whether or not all Japanese wimmin have pixelated pussies) do they actually lie there all submissive with their eyes closed going eek eek eek eek eek eek eek?

It would drive me potty.
 
Short answer #1. Not in my experience ;)
Short answer #2. I've been married to a Japanese for 5 years now - I barely remember what sex is

'Sensible' answer. The films are, obviously, aimed at Japanese men many (Most?) of whom are pretty insecure in themselves and live their lives under constant pressure, both at work and socially, to conform, obey tradition and know their place in the heirarchy. The submissive little woman theme is to make the men feel good about themselves dominating something, anything, and actually (literally and figuratively) 'being on top'.

The plus side to this is that many Japanese women (both single and married) really don't get satisfied by the local men and are very open to having some no strings attached fun with somebody who doesn't fit the stereotype.
 

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