Man with Imperial Japanese Rising Sun T-Shirt Attacked in China


From NetEase:

Man Wearing Rising Sun Flag to Climb Mt. Tai [Taishan] Has Shirt Stripped Off

September 7 evening, a netizen with the username “泰山摄影学校” made a post on a discussion forum saying there was a man around 30 years old allegedly from Tianjin at the 28th Annual Mt. Tai International Mountaineering Festival who was wearing a T-shirt printed with the words “Great Imperial Japanese Navy” and soon after surrounded by people. The surrounding people one after another denounced him, with the man saying he had grown up in Japan since he was small, that this is how he dressed in Japan, that he hasn’t had a problem wearing this anywhere else, so how come it isn’t acceptable in Tai’an? On-duty police escorted him away to prevent the situation from escalating. Before leaving, he threw out a “too much anger hurts the liver”.






The "Rising Sun" Imperial Japanese Navy t-shirt worn by a Chinese man allegedly from Tianjin at Taishan that angered the surrounding public.

Comments from NetEase:

网易辽宁省大连市手机网友 ip:221.201.*.*

Tai’an has reminded me that there is still one place in China that has national integrity!

e2c9980746442154c12601d3 [网易河南省郑州市手机网友]:

Those who think this guy is trolling, please click upvote…

777ijo8 [网易山东省青岛市手机网友]:

Shandong people, real men.

网易新疆喀什市手机网友 ip:222.80.*.*

I support the people of Tai’an’s actions.

而立5kxx [网易安徽省手机网友]:

Beating him up would be letting him off easy, fucker can get lost back to Japan.

网易福建省厦门市手机网友 ip:120.42.*.*:

Hehe, putting aside first whether he should’ve worn this T-shirt or not, we can see from this incident alone that when this nationality encounters this kind of situation where there is no danger/risk but allows them to create a stir and get people flocking around to watch, one after another red faced person is eager to go up. But if it is a criminal… Forget criminal, even if it was a middle-aged man with a group of girls committing a violent crime in a restaurant, not a single one of them would dare to stand forward, each and every one of them run far away, deathly afraid of getting any blood on them, and that is our real “national character”, hehe…


It may be said that there should be personal rights, that individuals have the freedom to wear and say what they please, but if an individual’s behavior violates the public or society’s interests, then I think this behavior should not be approved of or defended. Just like you couldn’t possibly wear clothes printed with the words “having comfort women is reasonable”, because this isn’t only within the sphere of individual rights. Freedom admittedly needs to be protected, but it should also be restricted by morality and ethics. Wearing a T-shirt featuring a symbol of Japanese militarism is sufficient to prove that he does not have a proper standard for determining right and wrong, and one that goes against society’s values. So what the people of Tai’an did may have been unreasonable, but the freedom of the guy wearing the Japanese militarism T-Shirt should not be defended.

网易日本手机网友 [xhzenyou] 的原贴: (responding to above)

Are you a stupid cunt? The military flag of Japan’s modern navy is the rising sun. Japan’s military is restricted by the United States, and when even the United States isn’t complaining, what are you JB getting upset about? Mainlanders sure are fucking ignorant.

网易河南省平顶山市手机网友 ip:61.158.*.* (responding to above)

You were created from a piss I took. I don’t know if you eat Japanese people’s shit or if you’re within the country but have attached a Japan IP, either way, may your entire family get chemotherapy every day and develop AIDS.

网易云南省曲靖市网友 ip:14.205.*.*

But when going to Little Japan, people seem to be able to carry the Red Flag [PRC flag] there and back without anything happening. People [mainlanders] are too brainwashed, always feeling they are the weaker party. In the future, avoid doing these kind of things. Have the attitude of the stronger party [“bigger man”], let him wear what he wants to wear, without us caring. It’s not like wearing clothes is a crime. However, if he does things he shouldn’t do, then make sure he’s punished, without mercy. But this is the exact opposite. Are they bullying him because he looks easy to bully? Yet when it comes to those laowai who harass girls, no one dares to say anything? Don’t say this hasn’t happened. I’ve seen it in the news more than just a few times.

5d2a0672dcf0a9142287a3d2 [网易福建省福州市手机网友]:

First of all, the old Imperial Navy flag is silly. This guy should at least choose an army flag at least, right?
Next, what he wears is his personal right. Our country hasn’t legislated against wearing certain in public, so people should not have violated his rights like this. This truly is a problem of character and upbringing. If we had legislated something like what Europe has done with Nazi symbols, then I would think there was nothing wrong with stripping him [of his shirt].
Overall, this was a farce involving a troll and a group of barbarians.


Chinese people sure are niu. An entire bus of people afraid to do something about a pickpocket, and when street peddlers or migrant workers are being beaten up by a group of people, people only stand around looking on. Now when they see someone wear something that doesn’t sit well with them, they get all uppity, all patriotic, able to make headlines, able to prove oneself a man. I keep wondering, what if this guy was a bulky big man with tattoos showing, would people still dare to do anything to him?

xinglong1986 [网易山东省泰安市手机网友]: (responding to above)

Brother, let me tell you, the photos were taken by us Mountaineering Festival Service Team members as we were climbing the mountain. By the time we were descending, we were considering posting them on the internet, but we never thought they would make it onto NetEase! You weren’t there. If you were, let me tell you, the moment that troll appeared wearing that, the majority of people immediately went up to him. If the cops weren’t there, he would’ve been beaten to death. No matter how tough he could’ve been, it would’ve been no use, because most of us Tai’an people really hate Japanese people, so wearing this kind of clothes at the foot of Mt. Tai was just looking for trouble.

From NetEase:

Xinhua News Refutes “The Stripping of the Man Wearing the Rising Sun Was Narrow-Minded Nationalism”

@新华视点 [Xinhua Focus]: Midnight Micro-Comment – According to reports, a man wearing a rising sun flag when climbing Mt. Tai angered those around him and had his shirt stripped off. One comment claims this was “narrow-minded nationalism”, but this point of view enormously obscures right and wrong. Endorsing the “Great Imperial Japanese Navy” is a failure of the most basic ability to discern right from wrong when it comes to the ruthless and brutal acts committed under militarism, no different from endorsing the Nazis. To challenge humanity’s consensus in the name of pursuing freedom and individuality/personality is stupid to the extreme!

Comments from NetEase:

网易广东省广州市手机网友 ip:14.16.*.*

This time I have to support Xinhua News!

别说我是新人 [网易黑龙江省大庆市网友]:

If nothing else, it can be certain that those wearing a rising sun flag in China are retards.

网易辽宁省沈阳市手机网友 ip:175.167.*.*

If it were me, I would’ve beaten him up.

血犹未冷 [网易湖北省武汉市网友]:

This time I comment with strong support for Xinhua News.

08745f4630f2398b20cd0259 [网易湖南省郴州市手机网友]:

What people wear is none of your business!

牛奶含片r0wu [网易福建省莆田市手机网友]:

Every person has a different way of looking at the world; there is no right or wrong.

kkqqjj123 [网易河北省石家庄市手机网友]:

Destroy Little Japan.

洛克洛克洛克 [网易四川省成都市手机网友]:

If it was illegal, you’d go arrest them?

天下无公 [网易湖南省手机网友]:

What to wear is a basic human right.

嘣巴儿噔 [网易浙江省宁波市手机网友]:



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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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