The following post by Lishi Chenwu (历史沉雾) about a comment purportedly made by a Mandarin-speaking Japanese friend in the midst of heightened tensions between China and Japan was deleted from Sina Weibo sometime before 8:04 a.m. today, August 28, 2012. Lishi Chenwu currently has just over 108,000 followers, according to numbers from Sina Weibo. [More on deleted posts at the WeiboScope Search, by the Journalism and Media Studies Centre].

[Post by Jiazhuang Shi Faguan (假装是法官)]: My Japanese friend, Mr. Suganuma (菅沼) is a China expert and speaks Mandarin really well. The day before yesterday when we were having drinks, he said that China really was Japan’s teacher, and that Japanese would always be [China’s] pupils! I asked him why [he said this], and he answered: “Your police break the law and they say it was done by temp workers (临时工) [rather than actual police], military vehicles break the law and they say the license plates were fake. So I would advise the Japanese government to just say that the Japanese invading China were not the imperial army but just guerrilla bands.”

The provocative post was accompanied by an image from the Second World War of Japanese troops marching in China.

The following is the original Chinese post:


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David Bandurski

CMP Director

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