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69th Anniversary of Japan’s WW2 Surrender, Chinese Reactions

An Imperial Japanese soldier prepares to cut off a Chinese person's head with a katana in World War II.

An Imperial Japanese soldier prepares to cut off a Chinese person's head with a katana in World War II.

The following microblog post by Chinese state-broadcaster CCTV was the most popular of the day, as was the trending topic for “Japanese Surrender Memorial Day” (Victory in Japan Day, or V-J Day)…

From Sina Weibo:

@央视新闻: #Japanese Surrender Memorial Day# No Matter Where You Are, At This Moment, Please Forward/Reshare This For Your Butchered Compatriots! Let Us Mourn and Pay Our Respects — 69 years ago this moment, at 7am on 1945 August 15, China, the United States, United Kingdom, and the Soviet Union proclaimed: Japan has unconditionally surrendered. In the War of Resistance Against Japan, China’s casualties exceeded 35 million people! Yet now, certain right-wingers in Japan are attempting to whitewash the invasion of China… An inch of river and mountain, an inch of blood, this day must not be forgotten! Today, please forward this weibo post, remember our compatriots, and spread the truth! [话筒]

"In the War of Resistance Against Japan, Chinese Casualties Exceeded 35 million"
“In the War of Resistance Against Japan, Chinese Casualties Exceeded 35 million”
"In the massacre, even children could not escape."
“In the massacre, even children could not escape.”
"The Imperial Japanese Army slaughtered Chinese people."
“The Imperial Japanese Army slaughtered Chinese people.”
"The Imperial Japanese Army slaughtered ordinary Chinese people."
“The Imperial Japanese Army slaughtered ordinary Chinese people.”
"The invading Imperial Japanese military conducted human frostbite experiments. "
“The invading Imperial Japanese military conducted human frostbite experiments. “
"A Japanese soldier demonstrating a killing for new soldiers."
“A Japanese soldier demonstrating a killing for new soldiers.”
"The Japanese military used Chinese people for live target practice."
“The Japanese military used Chinese people for live target practice.”
"The Japanese military massacred Chinese people and burned the bodies."
“The Japanese military massacred Chinese people and burned the bodies.”
"A child being cleaved."
“A child being cleaved.”

From Sina Weibo:

周阳zzzzy:

There are still veterans of the War of Resistance Against Japan who are still alive in China today, with many of them unable to afford enough food to eat. They went onto the battlefields to fight when they were just in their teens, with very few of them having gotten any education. After the war, those still alive were covered with wounds and injuries. Some lost their ability to work [do labor], while others had little education and couldn’t find work. Now in their later years, they all have difficulties. Instead of having us reshare/forward this microblog post, why doesn’t CCTV petition the government to give our War of Resistance Against Japan veterans living subsidies, so they can live a better life?

Mine哇咧喵:

Looking through the comments, I see a lot of people asking why after all this time we are still dredging up old hatreds and indoctrinating hate, and I laugh. This is just for us to engrave in our memories this period of national humiliation, engrave in our memories this period of history. Those who don’t even respect their own history and instead help others harm themselves complaining about this or that being bad domestically, I want to ask, are the lives of you people really that bad? Unable to eat, unable to afford clothes, without a place to live?

Permile:

Can some people give it a rest? How many people we starved to death we should all remember, and we should remember the difficulties of the New China’s development. Should the national humiliation of the invasion of China be forgotten? Don’t talk about how this or that about China isn’t good here. Without China, you would’ve gone extinct generations ago. “Help me get to the most popular [list]” to show those people who think they are so right/correct.

LA–24:

We are willing to forgive Japan, but their right-wingers instead insist on going the opposite direction, disrespecting history, and ultimately what they will lose is the confidence of the world’s people.

沈洛君:

In Korea, today is called Restoration of Light Day [Liberation Day], a national holiday celebrating Japan’s surrender, whereas in China, there are even many people who have long ago forgotten what day 8.15 is… [可怜][可怜][可怜]

馋超人:

There are still people who go sympathize and empathize with Japan. Has Japan acknowledged its error? Has Japan apologized? Even now Japan eyes the Diaoyu Islands covetously. You continuously pretending to be a saint showing understanding for a right-wing country, have you read too much Mary Sues?

勤快紫罗兰2010:

We need to distinguish between today’s Japan and the Japan that invaded China back then. Back then, that was a militaristic Japan, that was a bloody and ruthless government; but today’s Japan has already been reborn after the war, with the vast majority of Japanese people actively building their own country, pursuing democracy. Remembering history is not wrong, but if the crime of the [Imperial] Japanese military invading China is transferred onto modern Japanese people, that would be committing a new crime!

建筑工人小米:

Who says the past is the past? How can those who died rest in peace? Little Japan killed so many people, not even sparing children. Let earthquakes and tsunamis crush them and their small island country to death!

小纯洁和谐昊:

What [CCTV] should be properly promoting is how to quickly develop and surpass Japan post-war, and not nagging on the side like an old lady. Pretending to be staunch and strong, but secretly assisting Japanese companies in spurring the domestic economy, if the central government had integrity, it would eliminate all Japanese companies in China, break off diplomatic relations with Japan, and develop [the country] with the speed Japan did back then. Who can do it? Here making meaningless proclamations, then afterward going home to continue using Japanese goods, how can a people like this be wary of and intimidate Japan?

肖豆豆的妈妈:

Weak countries have no diplomacy! If one does not want to be bullied, one must become strong!!

汪礼浩Anyhow:

The Japanese are a people worth remembering one’s grievances for and worth respecting and learning from. Only by continuously developing and improving itself, making themselves strong, can the Chinese people prevent history from repeating itself, and that is the best way to mourn our dead compatriots. 8.15, a memorial hard to forget.

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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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