‘I Don’t Like Japan, But We Need To Know The Disparity’

Japanese rising sun flag.

Japanese rising sun flag.

One of the most forwarded, shared, and commented Sina Weibo microblog posts yesterday…

@趣味儿经济学: I don’t like Japan, but we need to know the disparity. Japan’s territory is 1/25 of China’s, but the GDP/productivity of one Japanese person is equivalent to that of 33 of our countrymen. Japan’s illiteracy rate is zero, while the percentage of those who receive elementary and middle school education is 100%, and 48% of their total population have college educations. Japan has 12 Nobel Prize winners, while China’s education system is comparable to 1920s Japan. Forests cover 12% of China, 67% of Japan, and yet China exports massive amounts of wood to Japan.

Comments on Sina Weibo:


The government leadership needs to seriously reflect on this!


Japan indeed has many areas where it has done very well, we should really reflect upon ourselves, but of course, on the precondition of not forgetting our national humiliation!


History cannot be forgotten, but Japan’s level of development cannot be denied.


Some of China’s fenqing have been brainwashed by the government, and they say they dislike Japan? If you have the ability, surpass them.


But China’s niubi rate is 100%.


This kind of comparison has been going on for a hundred years now, yet China remains the same.


I also really don’t like little Japan, but the disparity/difference still ought to be acknowledged.


How come there aren’t radiation statistics? [吃惊]


Because the Communist Party “kills the chicken for the egg” [short-sighted, only cares for certain things] to maintain their corrupt regime.


The circumstances for each country are different. A country’s development cannot ignore population factors. Moreover, China is constantly groping its way forward, coming from a state of feudal arrogance against invading foreign powers and frailty of its democratic politicization, so time will tell everything. Everything Japan has now are the “spoils” of the crimes it committed during its era of militarism. Okinawa is a very good example. This is an old debt!


The disparity is in the people’s values!


In awe of ordinary Japanese people’s level of civility.


Having a lot of people is not an excuse, what we need is time.


Although I definitely do not believe these statistics, I definitely believe Japanese people are higher in terms of character.


Don’t blindly worship the foreign, one must see both the good and the bad.


At least 50 years of disparity, this can’t be changed!


Using numbers to make a point is the most persuasive.


China’s population is 10x that of Japan’s, our overall economy jumped to the world’s second largest long ago, so may I ask where did this absurd conclusion that one Japanese person’s GDP is equivalent to 33 of our countrymen come from?


Why do you have to first say “I don’t like Japan”? Why not just talk about the disparity?


We have the leadership of the Party, the guidance of advanced ideology, what do they have?


But our country also has areas stronger than Japan, for example corrupt officials.


Because we are the most advanced socialist country, whereas Japan is a degenerate, declining capitalist country. [帅][雪人][哈哈]


The last sentence deserves consideration. We keep using up natural resources, while others are protecting natural resources~


Just facts that must be accepted. We’ve disliked Japan since we were small, but after growing up and seeing things objectively, we discover that a lot of things are not so black and white like in textbooks. This is how the world is.


Never fear, we have the all-powerful Party Central Committee


Only with comparisons can there be a sense of urgency.


If some people don’t start rumors and promote anti-nationalism for a day, they get uncomfortable…


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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