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Saturday, October 2, 2010

China accused of invading ?disputed? islands

I found an article about a demo conducted in Tokyo.
http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/10/02/japan.anti.china.protest/index.html
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20101002/wl_asia_afp/japanchinadiplomacydisputerussiarally

First of all, Japanese government's stand point is that there's no territorial dispute between Japan and China.
China wants to make it a dispute.
 Here's the link to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.
Don't worry it won't take long. It briefly explains Japan's stand point.
http://www.mofa.go.jp/region/asia-paci/senkaku/senkaku.html

I'm not concerned about how foreign mass media treat the demo.
What really matters is that none of Japanese mass media has broadcasted the demo so far.
While it's broadcasted in English, I see no such article on Yahoo Japan or Google Japan.
All the media in Japan have so far chosen the freedom not to broadcast.

1. English mass media broadcasted the demo.
2. All the media in Japan chose the "freedom not to broadcast."

Answer?
Japanese media is dead. At least people in authoritative possessions are treasonable.

A picture of the demo→
It says "mass gomi" instead of mass communication. "Gomi" refers to trash, garbage, useless stuff etc.



P.S.
AFP News  broadcasted the demo in Japanese, this is the only one I could find online.
http://www.afpbb.com/article/politics/2762997/6277374

6 comments:

  1. Just wondering how this compares to, say, the media coverage of protests against the US bases in Okinawa. We hear a lot about both over here (in the UK), as the BBC seems to cover these things quite extensively.

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  2. Not a single coverage by TV news. Only a few news papers and online news providers covered the incident. When demanded explanation, one anouncer explained this way "oh, I didn't know that. You know we don't have as many people hear on Saturday.I would have sent some people if I had known." This is Japanese media, only a few have what is called "journalist spirit."

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  3. Hmm... that's pretty interesting. It seems as though the media is overtly taking the government's side. The government doesn't want such events to be seen as it fears repercussions in foreign diplomacy with both the Chinese and the US. The Chinese may use it to tell their people "Oh, look how anti-Chinese the Japanese are!", but I don't think the US would make such an issue of it (apart from a few old people and some from the more conservative states).

    Despite how poor quality a lot of journalism is, at least some reporters are making the effort - it's good that there is no totalitarian control of the media like in some countries.

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  4. [It seems as though the media is overtly taking the government's side.]

    Yes, Japanese media is in favor of the present party despite the poor administrative capability. As if the media needs "weak government" to gain relatively stronger control of Japan.
    The media covers demos against US basement in Okinawa(many of them are smaller than the demo in Shibuya in its scale), while it scarecely covers anti-China, or anti-Korea demos.
    It is obvious that Japanese media favors Democratic Party because the party is pro-China and pro-Korea.

    [Despite how poor quality a lot of journalism is, at least some reporters are making the effort - it's good that there is no totalitarian control of the media like in some countries.]

    I don't think it's appropriate to call the current situation "good", but yes, relatively good although it's an extreme comparison.

    Thanks for the comment.

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  5. Most people here overwhelmingly belive the Senkaku Islands belong to Japan, unfortunately our government dose not want to upset communist China for several reasons and has politically stayed "neutral".

    The way i see it, (and most other Americans for that mater) is that the Japanese are our friends and vital allies. While China is not to be trusted, and is viewed with widespread caution.

    Everyday China is growing bolder and bolder as it's econamy and military capability increases. It's military buildup has exceeded it's economic growth by 2% each year. For example, in 2006, 2007, and 2008 It's annual GDP has increased 9%, while it's military budget has been annually increased by 11%.

    What China did to Japan was disgraceful, not only did they violate Japan's territorial waters, but they had the nerve to insult them by saying Japan should apologise and pay compensation.

    In 1971 the Senkaku Islands reverted to Japanese control and we amended our alliance to include them as Japanese territory. I am very glad Clinton (our Secretary of State) still has the courage to say what is right. "We do believe that, because the Senkaku islands are under Japanese jurisdiction, that it is covered by the US-Japan security treaty."

    The demonstrations where covered by most news agencies here, but not to the extent i would have liked, and infant little more than a brief mention was done on the most popular "Fox news". They spend too much time about celebrities than important international news. Most of the demonstrations i have seen however, came from You Tube, with most viewers coming from Japan and the US/Canada.

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  6. [overwhelmingly belive the Senkaku Islands belong to Japan]
    Good to hear that. Foreign supporters are necessary when it comes to international issues.

    [most popular "Fox news". They spend too much time about celebrities than important international news.]
    Most popular news is not always the best, but I definitely prefer US media in general.

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