(Globaltimes) Weibo calls for Japanese boycott to remain ‘rational’

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September 16, 2012 by Water Wisdom

Globaltimes.cn | 2012-9-16 18:05:00
By Globaltimes.cn
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A microblog topic set by Sina Weibo, China’s Twitter-like service, urging for the “rational boycott of Japanese goods” over the weekend spread quickly online after protests over Japan’s “purchase” of the Diaoyu Islands turned violent in major Chinese cities.

The topic on Sina Weibo had garnered over 68,000 comments as of 5 pm on Sunday since Saturday.

The Weibo topic follows demonstrations in major cities across the nation, including Xi’an, Shaanxi Province when protestors smashed Japanese cars. Protesters also broke into Japanese-run stores and factories in Qingdao, Shandong Province and Changsha in Hunan Province, according to the Phoenix Satellite TV Sunday.

@慕容雪村: It is not enough to prove that Chinese are “superior” to Japanese just by shouting about our anger or criticizing Japan’s “purchase” of the Diaoyu Islands. We had better figure out how to be more civilized and respectful than Japanese rather than just criticize them. Even if there is a war between China and Japan, I still wish that we Chinese could act in a rational and civilized way rather than just with angry fists.

@若水心舟: As the boycott continues, I feel proud to say that none of my home appliances were made in Japan. Personally, I feel much more patriotic and reassured using goods made in China, even if some can have their shortcomings. I buy goods made by other foreign nations, but not Japan, because of its past aggression that broke my heart, such as the Nanjing Massacre in 1937, the September 18 Incident, or the Mukden Incident in 1931, when many Chinese were killed by Japanese.

@人民日报: Here are some suggestions Chinese nationals may follow to boycott Japanese goods. Initially, boycotting Japanese goods is a choice left to the consumer. Do not force people to follow suit. Secondly, do not smash Japanese goods owned by other Chinese, who had worked hard to purchase them. Meanwhile, we should understand that in some cases we have no choice but to buy Japanese goods, as there are no other alternatives. Finally, start with yourselves by turning you patriotism into resolution to advance our nation.

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