By on October 23, 2012

The violent anti-Japanese demonstrations in China appear to be over, and intestinal complications aside, it seems to be safe again to eat sushi in Beijing or Shanghai. State-owned media however is trying its utmost to keep the matter on the front burner, so to speak, in a very insidious way.

A few days ago, China’s state-owned media wrote that “Toyota has denied media reports that it will withdraw from the Chinese market and shut down production facilities in the country.” Nobody had seen those media reports in the first place, but the denial made headlines the world over.

Writes an outraged Hans Greimel, Tokyo Correspondent of the Automotive News:

“Something is disingenuous about inventing a news angle that had not existed and giving it life through a denial. It’s akin to asking Toyota if it plans to pull out of North America or is working on a car that can fly to Mars.

Just as China was magically engulfed in “spontaneous” anti-Japanese protests that were turned off like a faucet by the Chinese government, you might suspect similar machinations behind local press coverage of the Japanese automakers there.”

As easily as made-up stories stay alive, fact-based accounts of the destruction brought by the riots vanish. Chinese auto portal carried the story of a Toyota car dealer in Qingdao who watched 193 cars and his dealership go up in flames after two safes were stolen. A few days later, the story was gone.

“Perhaps it cut to the bone too much and it was censored or simply removed,” writes Chinacartimes. Ash Sutcliffe of Chinacartimes resurrected and translated the story. Read here in full length how the anti-Japanese riots ruined the life of a Chinese businessman and 28 customers who had their car in for service.

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6 Comments on “Made-Up Stories, Removed Stories: Dirty Tricks Prolong Chinese Islands Conflict...”

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    There will be both more and less of this kind of approach as China’s leaders become more confident.

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    I’m curious about the ‘turned off like a faucet’ comment. Did it really go from full retard to normal in a finger snap? what was the way they got the message out that enough was enough?

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      juicy sushi

      The same way they got the ball rolling. Several thousand patriotic PLA recruits in their civvies seeding the clouds of Chinese discontent in order to make it rain.

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    Interesting that it looks like Mr Wang, by hook or crook, will be able to rebuild and make good the losses from the fire to the customers whose cars were destroyed.

    There must be a pretty good profit margin on a Chinese car dealer of Japanese cars to make that possible. I would think a similar incident would finish any equivalent American dealer with their really low margins …


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    The riots, though violent, were like localized. (Like any riot, the Battle in Seattle didn’t actually engulf all of Seattle, etc, etc) So remove the spark, and people eventually tire themselves out. It’s easier to sit behind a keyboard and troll, takes a lot less energy. I suppose in that way, China is becoming more western everyday.

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