Koizumi must send clear message to the Chinese people.
Anti-Japan demonstrations accompanied by movements to boycott Japanese products have flared across China. Television footage showed scenes of enraged Chinese youths breaking windows of a Japanese supermarket. Demonstrators carried banners with anti-Japanese slogans.
The demonstrations come on the heels of violent protests in South Korea over the Takeshima island issue. The situation is dismal.
The demonstrations in China appear to be, however, a product of a misunderstanding. Convenience stores in northeastern China removed Japanese products, including beer made by Asahi Breweries, because of a controversy over Japanese textbooks for junior high school students that some say justify Japan’s past military aggressi on. Reports began circulating on the Internet that eight Japanese companies, including Asahi Breweries Ltd., are providing financial support to the Japanese Society for History Textbook Reform (Tsukurukai).