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12.06.2013 16:52

Nationalists Pose a Problem for Two Nations

Japan has been put in a difficult position by a former Tokyo governor, and Chinese 'patriots' are a prickly problem for Beijing
By Song Wenzhou

Since China announced the creation of a new Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea, the already tense Sino-Japan ties are on the edge of exploding. Meanwhile, the person who caused this tension in the first place, Shintaro Ishihara, is trapped by his own troubles.

For decades, China and Japan maintained a tacit silence over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands dispute. But Ishihara, the outspoken former governor of Tokyo, broke the silence by publicly raising funds to buy the islands from their private Japanese owner. Ishihara made every effort to hype the fundraising on the Internet and in the media. His conduct led to China's outrage and stirred up nationalistic sentiments in both countries.

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