Sensitive Words: Anti-Japan Protests (2)

Sensitive Words: Anti-Japan Protests (2)

As of September 19, the following search terms are blocked on Sina Weibo (not including the “search for user” function):

Anti-Japan Protests:

– anti-Japan (反日)

– anti-Japan (抗日)

– smash + car (砸+车): Protesters have been vandalizing and destroying Japanese cars. One city went so far as to ban Japanese cars from the road in order to protect the owners.

– smash (打砸)

Retested Terms:

– protest (抗议)

take a walk (散步): “Taking a walk” first became a sensitive term in February 2011 with calls for a “jasmine revolution” inspired by the Arab Spring.

– demonstrate (游行)

– assembly (集会)

– demonstration (示威)

See also yesterday’s list of related terms.


– Wu Long (吴龙): CDT does not know why this is blocked. We welcome tips from readers.

Note: All Chinese-language words are tested using simplified characters. The same terms in traditional characters occasionally return different results.

CDT Chinese runs a project that crowd-sources filtered keywords on Sina Weibo search.  CDT independently tests the keywords before posting them, but some searches later become accessible again. We welcome readers to contribute to this project so that we can include the most up-to-date information. To add words, check out the form at the bottom of CDT Chinese’s latest sensitive words post.


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