Booing the “Kimi Ga Yo”: China and Japan Play Football Under Heavy Surveillance

Source: Yomiuri Shimbun – 君が代にブーイングも…厳戒下の日中サッカー

Booing the Kimi Ga Yo: China and Japan Play Football Under Heavy Surveillance
Takeshi Makino and Seima Oki reporting from Guangzhou (11/08/2010)

China and Japan Soccer Fans Separated by Police
Chinese and Japanese fans with police officers between them. Photo by Motoki Nakashima.

On the night of November 8th, Japan and China played a “friendly” football match to warm up for the 16th Asian Games.

Since the collision between a Chinese fishing boat and Japanese destroyer in the Senkaku Islands, which the Chinese call the Diaoyu Islands, relations between the two countries have taken a turn for the worse. The Hu Jintao administration warned spectators against anti-Japanese demonstrations; several police officers and even armored cars were on hand to keep order.

Japan’s Under-21 team represented the country. When the national anthem was played before the game, some Chinese fans booed or refused to stand until forced to by police officers.

After Japan won 3-0, the officers lead Chinese fans to the exits and thesubway station. According to the Public Safety Office, about 200 Japanese fans watched the game in a designated area, and the police kept other fans from interacting with them.

Almost half of the 50,000-plus seats in the stadium were empty. It seems the Public Safety Office restricted attendance.

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(2010年11月8日22時12分 読売新聞)

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3 Comments on “Booing the “Kimi Ga Yo”: China and Japan Play Football Under Heavy Surveillance”

  1. Joe Says:

    Invade Japan China! The golden goose is there for the taking with a few thousand stupid Americans there to defend them. Fuck the Japanese! They’re a disgrace to their ancestors for bending over to the Americans for a century.

  2. Antonia Says:

    Tis a random thought, but me thinks that anti-Japanese sentiment might contribute to strong sales of GM in China. Me theory is that when those (government-permitted) anti-Japanese protests occur, thy Toyota or Honda parked on the street is gonna get flipped and looted whereas if thy vehicle would be spared if thou owneth a GM.

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