Weibo diplomacy: Japanese porn star outperformed Japanese embassy

Alia | September 15th, 2012 - 2:32 am

Sina Weibo, the No. 1 microblogging servie in China, does not only allow the Chinese people to discuss political and social issues with relative freedom, but also provides a platform for foreign governments and politicians to directly communicate with China’s online population. We’ve seen the three candidates of the 2012 London Mayor Election battle on Weibo to gain support back home; we’ve see how US ambassador to China Mr. Gary Locke has successfully set himself as a role model for China’s corrupted official among Weibo users; we’ve seen how the US embassy in China has gained popularity among its over 596 thousand followers on Weibo through the promotion of American culture in all aspects of life (political, social, scientific and pop culture); and we’ve seen that Japan’s Asahi News Agency would occasionally have a few viral posts on Weibo, making witty comments on current events in China using Chinese characters.

Yet at a new high point of China-Japan dispute over Diaoyu Islands, or what the Japanese call Senkaku Islands, the official Weibo account of the Japanese embassy in China reminds pretty much silent. On the other hand, even Japanese porn star Sola Aoi has made her efforts in easing the tension between China and Japan.

Open the Weibo page of the embassy of Japan in China, all posts on its first and second page are about traveling and food in Japan, as well as a few “Where is the Japanese ambassador to China today” news.

Below is the most recent post on the official Weibo account of the Japanese embassy in China. It was an introduction to kuma-yoke-suzu, a kind of bell to scare away bears.

The second most recent post: an introduction to kaga-ryoti, a popular local dish.

Another post on its first page: where is the Japanese ambassador to China. Apparently, he was meeting with a team of Japanese youth who wanted to “feel the real China” in Beijing.

There is nowhere to find news about Japan or anything not related to travel information, food introductions or the ambassador. Under each of these posts, it’s very easy to find comments like “F@ck Japan,” “Japanese get out of China” or “Diaoyu Islands belong to China.”

On the contrary, the most recent two Weibo posts of Sola Aoi, popular Japanese porn star in China who has over 13 million followers on Weibo, are all about promoting the friendship between China and Japan.

On Sep. 13, Sola Aoi left the following post on her Weibo: “I hope that ordinary people like us can maintain good relationships among each other…I’m just like you. Feeling so sad…” Together with the text, she also uploaded a piece of her own work of Chinese calligraphy that read “China and Japan are friends.”

Later that day, she posted another piece  of her calligraphy work that read “Chinese people and Japanese people are friends”

Though her posts still received a lot of hostile comments, attacking her work as a porn star or simply her identity as a Japanese. But voices of support are not uncommon to see. As netizen mena_66han: “Patriotism show be expressed in rational ways. Diaoyu Islands belong to China but we shouldn’t harm ordinary Japanese people.”

Popular slogan used by anti-Japan protesters in China: “Diaoyu Islands belong to China, Sola Aoi belongs to the world.”

 

 

 

 

 

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