Map of Japan with Mushroom Clouds, Chinese Netizen Reactions

Mushroom cloud.

Mushroom cloud.

From NetEase:

Chongqing Newspaper Published Map of Japan with Mushroom Clouds, Japanese Plan to Lodge Protest

Global Times online report — Japan’s Sankei Shimbun reported on July 8th that China’s Chongqing Youth Daily had recently published in its newspaper a map of Japan with atomic bomb mushroom clouds, inciting Japanese resentment. Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said it was “intolerable”, and will lodge a protest with the Chinese.


Sankei Shimbun said, with regards to the Chongqing publication Chongqing Youth Daily publishing a map of Japan with the mushroom cloud of nuclear explosions over the locations of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida expressed at a press conference on the 8th that he plans to lodge a protest with the Chinese. Fumio Kishida said: “This was extremely thoughtless and intolerable. This will hurt the feelings of atomic bomb explosion victims.”

Regarding the speech of the Chongqing Youth Daily, Kishida pointed out, “The article claims Japan wants a war again. This is deeply regrettable.” He believes the lifting of the prohibition on collective self-defense should not be criticized, expressing “The path of (Japan) as a peaceful country has not changed whatsoever, and we will continue to earnestly explain and diligently bring about other people’s correct understanding [of Japan’s policies].”

According to reports, Chongqing Youth Daily is primarily published/circulated in Chongqing every Monday. The publication’s article with the headline “Japan wants a war again” in the latest issue containing this illustration was protested by the Japanese Foreign Minister. This article occupied the entire A04 page, and specifically used Chinese and English to indicate Hiroshima and Nagasaki. On the A05 page of the same issue, the newspaper criticized Japan’s lifting of the prohibition on collective self-defense, and published an editorial titled “Have we been too friendly/nice to Japan in the past?”

77 years ago on July 7th, Japanese imperialism started the “Lugou Bridge Incident“, and launched a long-plotted criminal war of invasion in an attempt to annex China. On the 7th, Chinese [Communist] Party and government leaders at the Lugou Bridge Chinese War of Resistance Against Japan Memorial held a ceremony observing the 77th anniversary of the outbreak of the War of Resistance. However, in response to China’s memorial of the War of Resistance, the Japanese government did not exhibit any introspection but instead exhibited defensiveness and justification. The Japanese Cabinet Defense Secretary even declared the China’s unbridled attempts to make an international issue out of historical problems have no benefit for regional peace and cooperation.

At the 77th anniversary of the outbreak of the War of Resistance ceremony held on July 7th, China’s President Xi Jinping emphasized: on this day nearly 70 years after the Chinese prevailed in its war of resistance against Japan and the world prevailed in its war against fascism, there are still a minority of people who disregard historical facts, disregard the tens of millions of innocent lives sacrificed in war, and go against history, repeatedly denying and even glorifying the history of invasion, destroying international trust, creating regional tensions, arousing the intense condemnations of all peace-loving people throughout the world including the Chinese people. History is history, facts are facts, and no one can change history and facts. The Chinese people who have suffered huge sacrifices will unswervingly defend the history written down in blood and lives. To anyone who wants to deny, distort, or even glorify the history of invasion, the Chinese people and the people of various countries do not agree!

(Original Title: Chongqing Youth Daily Published Map of Japan with Mushroom Clouds, Japan Plans to Lodge Protest)

Comments from NetEase:

1404844200352 [网易广东省湛江市网友]:

Support… very beautiful [or “well done”].

临沂伟哥专卖 [网易山东省潍坊市网友]:

Good, beautiful!!

JustinLee1 [网易广东省梅州市手机网友]:

Has Japan considered how their words and actions hurt the feelings of the Chinese people who were victims during World War II? Talk about boasting without shame.

网易北京市手机网友 ip:103.247.*.*:

Let them protest the Americans, the mushroom cloud was caused by the Americans.

网易江西省新余市手机网友 ip:218.87.*.*:

Nuke Japan flat! Nuke Japan flat!

网易广东省东莞市手机网友 ip:58.252.*.*:

So it hurt you little devil’s feelings! What are you going to do about it?!


This is going a bit too far. I also really hate the Japanese government, and really dislike this country. But those two atomic bombs killed countless children, infants, and elderly. No matter what [that should not be treated lightly].

网易河南省漯河市手机网友 ip:61.158.*.*: (responding to above)

Don’t fucking pretend to be a saint, what about when Japan killed Chinese children, infants, and elderly?

jdcn 关注 关注他的微博 jdcn [阿根廷球迷]:



The Nanjing [PLA] Military District requests a battle assignment.

网易安徽省合肥市巢湖市手机网友(60.174.*.*): (responding to above)

The Jinan Military District requests a battle assignment.

大家好我系根本岸久 [网易上海市手机网友]: (responding to above)

Request a battle assignment, my ass. Hehe, just looking at this makes me laugh.

网易黑龙江省牡丹江市手机网友 ip:221.206.*.*

However many times I am ding‘d is however many copies of the paper I’ll buy. [289 upvotes at time of translation]

中国人可以说不 [懂球帝]:

A robber came to rob. The elder brother fought against the robber until his strength was exhausted. A neighbor lent a hand and fought off the robber, but before the older brother could catch his breath, the younger brother’s dagger stabbed him in the heart. — “Now I don’t have to split the house with you,” said the younger brother.

网易江苏省无锡市网友(218.90.*.*): (responding to 网易山东省淄博市手机网友 above)

The Japan of then was like the China of now, a majority of the country’s people all brainwashed into becoming crazed supporters of war, the children receiving militarism ideology education and military training from young, the government calling on young men to enthusiastically join the military, the elderly working hard to produce supplies for the front line. Women volunteered to go to the front lines to serve soldiers. Don’t say that the war was incited by just a few people, because without the entire country and society’s support, how could those few people mobilize an entire country’s power and devote everything to war? Only after the United States reformed/transformed Japan was the Japan of today realized where the majority of the people don’t care for politics and are against war. Therefore, the dead people of the old Japan do not deserve sympathy.

rhlok [网易上海市手机网友]: (responding to above)

A government and its people simply cannot be separated, because you cannot only attack that government and not harm its people, because their military is also comprised of the people, and it is these so-called innocent people who supported/provided assistance [supplies] to the Japanese military that massacred Chinese people. Without attacking their people, it is impossible to stop their actions. Constantly saying the people are innocent is laughable.

ce76120588656466a2f5fe31 [网易云南省保山市手机网友]:

“This will hurt the feelings of atomic bomb explosion victims.” What a joke! So when you guys visit the Yasukuni Shrine that enshrined Class A war criminals and willfully distort [the content of] history textbooks, have you also thought of how it would hurt the feelings of the Chinese people?


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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