This incident will fade from public memory with time, but the nationalism that incited it is here to stay. A story in the The Wall Street Journal highlights Japan’s rising nationalism and anxiety about China:
“Many Japanese are beginning to realize we’ve been too complacent,” says Keiji Furuya, an opposition politician who, among other things, spearheaded the Uighur effort and joined the Korea protest in New Jersey. “Just look at all the claims made on our territories from China, South Korea and Russia. We’ve never been made to look so foolish.”
Chinese indignation is just as strong. Take the latest dispatch from the Chinese government mouthpiece People’s Daily:
“If Japan, the initiator of the Diaoyu Islands dispute, continues to stir up troubles, China will definitely launch strong counterattacks and Japan’s foreign affairs will fall into the deadlock. Chinese will not forget the history.”
Both countries’ nationalist activists are escalating conflicts by planting flags on distant rocks and protesting at home. Is either government doing anything to rein them in?