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Japan tells citizens in China to lie low after Fukushima water release

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“Keep your voice down and be aware of your surroundings.”

Sounds sensible. Might even apply to many Chinese tourists in Japan.

1 ( +19 / -18 )

Sounds like good advice. But to reiterate the facts:

Fukushima: The fishy business of China's outrage over Japan's release

Following the waters' release on Thursday, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) monitors at the site said their tests showed the discharge had even lower radiation levels than the limits Japan has set - 1,500 becquerels/litre - which is about seven times lower than the global drinking water standard.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-66613158

11 ( +16 / -5 )

This is coming from the death and dumb regrim in China where they are sell virus infected, reptilian and mammals for human consumption. So to cover for the virus that did not come from a lab. China demise can not come quick enough.

3 ( +13 / -10 )

The hypocrisy from China and South Korea is hilarious. Manipulative media in both countries should take a good hard look at their own governments for what they do to the oceans. Pot calling the kettle black comes to mind. The media has even scared the public to the point that people are trying to break into embassies. Utter madness. Keep the fish and sell it domestically.

10 ( +17 / -7 )

China who turned rocks and reefs to artificial islands within exclusive economic zones of other countries, preventing them to fish on their traditional fishing grounds not to mention the great cause to the environment is suddenly concerned about the oceans health and peoples safety? And they have the gal to call another country "selfish".

14 ( +18 / -4 )

More panic and fear for the uneducated. Why do people always need something to be the monster-of-the-week. Give it a few days and the news will be full of something else to occupy our fearlust.

6 ( +14 / -8 )

I doubt very much that any violent acts will take place at all , neither China nor Japan will get that low.

0 ( +8 / -8 )

We live in the decade of extreme fear mongering by governments, Covid, North Korea, Global Warming, Mr Putin. You name it, the dangers or threats will be exaggerated ten fold. It’s ludicrous, dishonest as well as immature and regressive.

-6 ( +7 / -13 )

The real problem here is mob mentality, how innocent bystanders can get seriously hurt when whipped-up emotions are running high.

After the storm… “Well, what was that?”

6 ( +8 / -2 )

Too bad innocent Japanese abroad need to face consequence of an action of Japanese company and Japanese government.

-9 ( +10 / -19 )

You know, I have never seen Japanese-Chinese conflicts occur on the individual level. Nearly all interactions between people from either country are largely respectful. But at the state level things fall apart. Might this animosity be just a tool for politicians to deflect anger to "others"?

-1 ( +4 / -5 )

Pathetic that such warnings even need to be given.

But seriously - why on earth are Japanese citizens even in China? Asking for trouble. They are despised even in good times, let alone now. Take your tourism and business to friendly places like beautiful free Taiwan.

7 ( +14 / -7 )

Demonstrations in China are controlled demonstrations and cannot even be held without permission from the Communist Party. The general public in China explodes their dissatisfaction with the Communist Party during the control demonstration. The previous nationalization of the Senkaku Islands is a good example.

Naturally, the Chinese government, which has police powers, must take care of the protection of local Japanese people, but if it were not possible to detain criminals like South Korea, it would be difficult to call it a civilized nation. Of course, you can't expect anything at all.

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

Japan only has itself to thank for its citizens being in danger in other Asian countries.

-7 ( +10 / -17 )

Japanese people should stop taking everything so personally. China is an independent country. It has the right to ban any food import that potentially could harm the health of its people.

There is nothing in the UN Charter that says that Japanese fishermen have the inalienable right to sell seafood to people in neighboring countries regardless of the health risks. A couple of days ago, I saw on television Japanese customs officials confiscating food items from Chinese and Vietnamese tourists. Japan practices "food protectionism" the same as China.

The ultimate cause of all this badness since 2011 is not China, but the criminal ineptness of TEPCO and Japanese officials.

-4 ( +10 / -14 )

China is a very interesting county.

First many Chinese go abroad and buy expensive brands because they do not trust their own local market.

Always pointing the fingers but meanwhile environment issues, freedom and equality are the main issues in China.

Even the current floats in China is covered up by the government and let their own people suffer.

All the minus in comments about China are given by Chinese because acceptance is difficult.

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falseflagsteveToday  08:04 am JST

We live in the decade of extreme fear mongering by governments, Covid, North Korea, Global Warming, Mr Putin. You name it, the dangers or threats will be exaggerated ten fold. It’s ludicrous, dishonest as well as immature and regressive.

good grief!!!! I actually agree with FFS, for the first time. although, I have to say: governments fearmongering ain't nothing new you see.....

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Lie low?!

Is it that bad over there?!

4 ( +6 / -2 )

We are murdering them and the sea life and environment.

-15 ( +4 / -19 )

Japan releasing water is selfish according to China. Well, duh, by releasing the water Japan is sharing it with China. China is welcome to it. They can have it. However, Japan telling Japanese displaced in that horrid corrupt country to lie low is a sign of weakness. Instead, they should be proudly campaigning and holding peaceful protests in Tianamen

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

Japanese being in China is insane. Why would you want to be in a country where 90% of the population cannot wait to kill you. The younger generation are essentially extremists who are even more brutal than the religious zealots

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Lay low when visiting a neighbor country. China and South Korea. The alternatives then are North Korea, Russia and Taiwan. Hmm, Taiwan maybe is the only friend Japan still has...

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Fighto!Today  09:03 am JST

Pathetic that such warnings even need to be given.

But seriously - why on earth are Japanese citizens even in China? Asking for trouble. They are despised even in good times, let alone now. Take your tourism and business to friendly places like beautiful free Taiwan.

blahblah222Today  11:35 am JST

Japanese being in China is insane. Why would you want to be in a country where 90% of the population cannot wait to kill you. The younger generation are essentially extremists who are even more brutal than the religious zealots

All major Japanese corporations have offices in China so many Japanese are there because they were assigned there for work. Are they suppose to quit their jobs? Maybe the corporations should call them back if there's such a threat. I doubt that there are a lot of Japanese tourists in China right now.

I can guarantee that 90% of Chinese don't want to kill Japanese. Do you actually have any evidence that 90% do.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

I can guarantee that 90% of Chinese don't want to kill Japanese. 

Outside the urban elites, the majority of Chinese are extremely nationalistic and militaristic. Just go through any Chinese SNS and read the comments.

Maybe the corporations should call them back if there's such a threat. 

They should if they care about their employees’ safety, especially if their employees are outside the urban elite areas such as Shanghai.

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chinese nuclear plants release water containing tritium tens to hundreds of times higher in level than what japan is planning to release. japan has been transparent with IAEA and anyone else wanting to test the treated water - try getting ANYWHERE close to a chinese plant to test what they are releasing and you will find yourselves in cuffs quick smart.

all this chest beating by china is the typical hypocritical diversion tactic they use to smother their plethora of domestic ills.

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blahblah222Today  01:17 pm JST

I can guarantee that 90% of Chinese don't want to kill Japanese. 

Outside the urban elites, the majority of Chinese are extremely nationalistic and militaristic. Just go through any Chinese SNS and read the comments.

Maybe the corporations should call them back if there's such a threat. 

They should if they care about their employees’ safety, especially if their employees are outside the urban elite areas such as Shanghai.

I never said that there weren't some extremists. Every country has them. I said there's no way that 90% want to kill Japanese, as expected you can't provide any evidence that it's the case, and you're just hate mongering. What people write on the internet and SNS is irrelevant as many around the world act tough or make crazy statements on the internet. You just did.

A few minutes ago, you didn't even consider that there could be Japanese assigned to work in Japan and acted as if it's their own fault if they're in China.

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First: there is a new "anti-espionage" law in China that is extremely ill-defined, yet potentially extremely dangerous for any foreign national now inside the Chinese dictatorship. From Reuters:

-All "documents, data, materials, and items related to national security AND interests" are under the same protection as state secrets following the revisions, according to the full text of the revised law published by Xinhua late Wednesday.

The law does NOT define what falls under China's national security or interests. The revised law allows authorities carrying out an anti-espionage investigation to GAIN ACCESS to data, electronic equipment, information on personal property and also to BAN border crossings."

Not only that, but Second: "China will now encourage its CITIZENS to join counter-espionage work, including creating channels for INDIVIDUALS to report suspicious activity as well as COMMENDING and REWARDING them, the state security ministry said..." (Also Reuters) "A system that makes it "normal" for the MASSES to PARTICIPATE in counter-espionage MUST be established, wrote the Ministry of State Security."

Basically, this law can be used against anyone China wants to target, for literally any reason whatsoever, and it rewards citizens to spy on and report foreigners to the dictatorship. Not just Japanese nationals, but any foreign national is now at risk, while the Kafkaesque ill-defining of such laws provides all the justification China would need to detain and even imprison any foreigner it wants to. And as we saw during the Huawei fiasco, when a legitimately held corrupt family member of the Huawei ownership was held in Canada, China suddenly decided to hold as HOSTAGE Canadian Citizens who had done NOTHING wrong. This is the next step...

You go to/remain in the unfree China at your own peril. Why you would stay there with such dangerous new and anti-foreigner laws now on the books, and with the government whipping citizens up into treating every foreigner as a potential spy would be anyone's guess. The Chinese market isn't worth even one foreigner's freedom being unfairly restricted, IMHO.

1 ( +5 / -4 )

Why should Japanese in China lie low when they were not responsible for the decision to pollute the oceans with radioactive water?

Instead they should be encouraged to explain to the Chinese people that what their government was doin was perfectly safe for even 30 long years.

-16 ( +0 / -16 )

Japan are in the wrong for dirtying the oceans, but they're not the only ones doing so. I hate what they're doing, but can't stop it, and will continue to eat Japanese seafood anyway

Chinese government are big bullies, but the general population are decent enough. Certainly friendlier than the Japanese have ever been. So there's no need for Japan to warn their citizens.

It just reeks of the usual Japanese self importance. Nobody around the world really cares that much about you. Get over it. Trying and failing to be relevant. Again.

-8 ( +5 / -13 )

More fear-mongering by the Japanese government

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

This is politics just like China banning seafood imports from Japan. Sad that some many nationalistic Japanese refuse to be thoughtful.

-8 ( +1 / -9 )

It's perfectly OK for China to steal islands in the South China Sea that belong to others and inflict Covid-19 on the world, yet they make a huge fuss over this treated water being released. China is a dirty country which creates appalling air pollution, treats animals and its own people badly. I can't think of anything good to say about China, it is simply rotten to the core.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

It's perfectly OK for China to steal islands in the South China Sea that belong to others and inflict Covid-19 on the world

Whataboutism at its finest.

-6 ( +0 / -6 )

The ugly head of the communist party embracing nationalism.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

given ongoing situation there - why would any foreigner want to live in or even visit mainland China ? Darwin awards to anyone making that stupid choice in life.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

The South Koreans have a legitimate gripe tainted with a historical animosity over the Japanese occupation. But China is a different story.

It has nothing to do with the release of radioactive water issues. China is doing this to support it’s Russian friend to hurt Japan economically. Putin and Yi are comrades in arms.

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