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.

君が代にブーイングも…厳戒下の日中サッカー
特集 尖閣

(中国サポーターと隣り合って観戦する日本人サポーター。その間には警官の姿=中嶋基樹撮影)

 【広州=槙野健、大木聖馬】中国広東省広州で8日夜、第16回アジア競技大会開幕に先駆け、男子サッカーグループリーグの日本―中国戦が行われた。

 尖閣諸島(中国名・釣魚島)沖の中国漁船衝突事件から日中関係が悪化する中、胡錦濤政権は観客らの反日行動を警戒し、試合会場内外に大量の警官を配置、装甲車も投入するなど厳戒態勢を敷いて混乱を抑え込んだ。

 日本は、U―21(21歳以下)代表で臨んだ。試合前の日本国歌斉唱の際に、中国人観客席からブーイングがあがり、起立しない一部の観客もいたため、警察が起立させる場面があった。

 3―0で日本が勝つと、警官が中国人観客を地下鉄駅などに誘導した。公安当局は、日本人観客約200人を専用観戦区で観戦させ、双方の観客が接触しない措置を講じた。

 5万人以上を収容する観客席の半分近くが空席となった。当局が入場者数を制限したためとみられる。
(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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