Forget Diplomacy for Dummies, This is Diplomacy for Lunatics
OK. Yesterday it looked like Japan figured out how to Kow Tow.Only they went home today and threw rocks at the Chinese:
TOKYO (AP) - Japan opened a new front in its dispute with China on Sunday by sharply criticizing Beijing's history textbooks, signaling continued friction between the Asian powers despite high-profile diplomatic moves to quell tensions.
Japanese Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura refuted Chinese claims that Japanese textbooks gloss over Tokyo's World War II-era atrocities, firing back in a TV talk show Sunday that China's schools indoctrinate their students with an unbalanced take on the past.
New friction? Like Stalingrad was a tiff?
What is this? An Amazon.com book review battle? Are the Japanese going to review everyone's histories? Like the Pope pretending he was never really a Nazi, he only looked and acted like one all his life? Doesn't anyone learn anything from history?
Well...looks like the Kamikazi Koizumi diplomacy has taken over again and he has decided to go to war with China over history. I guarantee this is a war he is doomed to lose. Japan should understand, if they choose war, it can be pretty nasty for them.
There is nothing more infurating than to have someone apologize and just as you shake their hand, they throw another punch. I have had this happen and believe me, my retaliation when this happens is much worse than the original fight. "Blood in the eyes" is and understatement. The Chinese laugh at us but they do not laugh at the Japanese. This is going to reinforce anti Japanese sentiment in China and this will cause many waves. I suppose our government is happy that China and Japan are at each other's throats. Reminds me of the old Chinese curse: may your wishes come true.
MORE NEWS: Anti Japanese demonstration in NYC in front of the UN.
NEW YORK (Kyodo) About 300 people, mostly Chinese but with some Koreans, held a rally Friday at the Dag Hammarskjold Plaza near the United Nations to protest Japan's attitude toward its wartime past.
Demonstrators hold a banner protesting Japan's aspirations to become a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council during a rally Friday in front of U.N. headquarters.
The spirited but peaceful rally lasted about an hour. It was organized by the Global Chinese Alliance for the Unification of China.
Participants waved Chinese and South Korean flags in a show of unity against Japan's approach to its wartime history.
"I came here to express myself," said Li Huang, 30, who came to the United States from China about three years ago. "I think Japan is not a reasonable country. I want Japan to face the history and apologize for its deeds in the past.
MORE BREAKING NEWS:80 Japanese Officials and Members of Parliment Visit War Shrine
If you are going to be belligerent might as well go all the way, no?
Eighty mostly ruling party lawmakers paid homage Friday at Tokyo's controversial Yasukuni Shrine, setting the scene for more protests from Japan's Asian neighbors at a time when relations with China and South Korea are already very tense.
`Prime Minister Koizumi has not stated this year whether he will visit or not,'' Fujii said. ``However, I sincerely hope he will do so without fail.''
The Chinese are not amused.
China wants ``the Japanese side to be sincere about improving relations,'' Li told his counterpart, Nobutaka Machimura.
On Tuesday, foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang told a news conference that Beijing hoped Koizumi would stop making visits to Yasukuni Shrine.