It was quite the busy day, as Thursdays are usually my chores day. There isn’t really much chores per say, since I clean daily, but laundry can only be done on this day because I always run out of clothes by this time. So I wake up, take in my birthday wishes (yay!) then I get some food from the convenience stores or obento shops. Afterwards, I do the laundry in between TV, music, eating or games. Afterwards, I relax a little longer or do small bits of cleaning, then I go shopping for my week or half weeks worth of groceries. Today, I decided to buy some mushrooms and meat to make some Nabe hotpot to go along with my rice. The prices are great after 8 P.M. They are roughly 30% cheaper than during the day. I bought myself 3-4 days worth of food this week for 4200 yen. I’ll eat, relax, and then shower and get ready for bed.
Interesting article I read today:
University students hold banners as they demonstrate during an anti-Japan protest over the disputed Senkaku Islands, at Chunxi Road business area in Chengdu on October 16, 2010. (Reuters)
Anti-Japan demonstrations were staged across China again, and most of the participants were rightists in their early 20s. Inflamed by such online messages as “Defend the Diaoyu Islands (the Chinese name for the disputed Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture),” the youths hurled stones at Japanese supermarkets and Japanese cars.
However, these violent youths are not playing a leading role in the anti-Japan demonstrations, as a photo of a demonstration in Chengdu, Sichuan province, carried in the Mainichi Shimbun Oct. 17 morning edition clearly shows.
A well-organized group of about 20 people carrying three banners as wide as the road they were marching on formed the core force in the demonstration. They are distinctive from the crowd following them.
Another photo carried on the Internet shows a first banner reading, “Don’t forget the nation’s dishonor. Strengthen our nation,” while a second one says, “Recapture the Ryukyu Islands. Liberate Okinawa.” A third one says, “Boycott Japanese products.”
“Recapture the Ryukyu Islands” reflects the vengeful spirit of former military leader Chiang Kai-Shek. Immediately after the end of World War II, Chiang believed that China could get back not only Taiwan but also the Ryukyu Islands in Okinawa that includes its main island. Under the San Francisco Peace Treaty, Japan was forced to give up its sovereignty over these islands.
However, the United States placed the Ryukyu Islands under its rule at the time while leaving the sovereignty over Taiwan “undetermined.” Chiang got infuriated at the decision but was unable to resist it then.
In 1972, the United States returned the Ryukyu Islands — including the Senkaku Islands which China regards as part of Taiwan — to Japan even though the Kingdom of Ryukyu had been a tributary state to China, which sparked a campaign to recapture the Diaoyu Islands.
The rally was initially an anti-U.S. campaign staged by Taiwanese studying in the U.S, but quickly spread to students in Hong Kong and Taiwan. The movement still is active.
Beijing has maintained the same position on the sovereignty over the Senkaku Islands as that of Chiang. In 1971, then Chinese Premier Chou Enlai used Chiang’s assertion in his demand that Washington retract its position that the sovereignty over Taiwan was undetermined, when he held normalization talks with then National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger, according to Kissinger’s book on his negotiations with Chou.
Chou had bitterly criticized Chiang for giving in to the U.S. position that the sovereignty over Taiwan was undetermined, calling him a “traitor.” “The nation’s dishonor,” one of the slogans for the anti-Japan demonstrations, refers to this.
Moreover, the finger of blame is also pointed at Deng Xiaoping, who signed the Japan-U.S. Peace and Friendship Treaty without settling the dispute on the U.S. position on the sovereignty over Taiwan, and current President Hu Jintao, who follows Deng’s policy line and pursues a strategic reciprocal relationship with Japan.
The “dishonor” for Chinese people now is obviously the joint development of gas fields in the East China Sea with Japan.
As if to be possessed by Chiang’s vengeful spirit, conservatives within the Communist Party of China and top military officers are bitterly criticizing Deng’s policy line, which has been taken over by the current Chinese administration. This issue reflects a serious struggle over basic policy line within the party. (By Hidetoshi Kaneko, Expert Senior Writer)