2010 World Expo Theme Song Plagiarized By Japanese

Shanghai 2010 World Expo Theme Song plagiarized a 1997 Japanese song by Mayo Okamoto.

Shanghai 2010 World Expo Theme Song plagiarized a 1997 Japanese song by Mayo Okamoto.

From KDS:

A 1997 Japanese song has plagiarized our 2010 World Expo theme song!

Japan is so shameless, actually plagiarizing our 2010 World Expo theme song!

Don’t believe it? Compare the two songs below:

This is also spreading on the popular Chinese social network Kaixin001.

Comments from KDS:


Japanese people are very shameless~ emoticon


LZ knows too much.


Having never heard the World Expo theme song, what kind of person am I? emoticon


Who plagiarized who? LZ, figure it out and then report back.

闹弄踏瘪 特:

[Responding to the above comment]

You are not too suited for going on the internet. emoticon

古月 SIR:

Japan has always been a low-class country that only knows how to plagiarize. Aside from plagiarism, what else can they produce?


The S/B Hui jokes are just beginning. emoticon

[世博会 = shi bo hui = World Expo. Shi Bo = SB = SB = a new nickname and joke for the 2010 Shanghai World Expo]

小 光头:

emoticonAnd the Americans plagiarized our Haibao [The 2010 Shanghai World Expo mascot]!

[When Haibao was revealed, a Chinese person noticed that it looked like a cartoon character on the old American television show, “Growing Pains”. That character was Gumby.]

蛋 你个头啊:

I listened to it closely several times, and it is basically the exact same, except for the 2010 being played/sung slower only.

无 敌怪叔叔:

emoticonWhen the Japanese go visit the World Expo and hear this song…sigh, it will be so embarrassing.
In Japan, Mayo Okamoto [the Japanese singer] is a relatively well-known singer, many people know her [so this will be a big scandal for her].

摳 粑粑:

Will the Japanese news broadcast it? emoticon


Sigh. Such a loss of face. Holding the World Expo just once and can’t even make a song, might as well go die. emoticon

侬 要稳老:

Cupware, once again we are going to be despised by Little Japan, knowing that Japanese people are the most enthusiastic towards the World Expo. emoticon


Too shameless…truly too shameless, even riding a time machine to 2010 to steal the World Expo theme song…I truly can’t watch any further… emoticonemoticonemoticonemoticonemoticonemoticon

2010 April 18 Update: Use of this theme song has been “temporarily suspended” by the government.

Shameless time-traveling Japanese girls. chinaSMACK personals.


Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.


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