Chinese mob ravages Japanese restaurant during protest; later finds out it is Chinese-owned

TOKYO —

Anti-Japanese demonstrations have been sweeping across China since Sunday in response to Japanese activists unfurling Japanese flags on a disputed island in the South China Sea, four days after Chinese activists landed on the same island.

Undoubtedly the most high-profile of the protests was in Shenzen, where some Chinese protesters burned Japanese flags and even turned violent, vandalizing Japanese cars and breaking into a local Japanese restaurant.

What the angry Chinese mob didn’t realize was that, like most Japanese eateries outside of Japan, the restaurant they ravaged was owned and operated by Chinese.

According to Chinese news source Zaobao, the restaurant, called Tokugawa, is run by a Chinese manager and chef who have absolutely no connections with Japan.

The owner opened the restaurant five years ago after investing 5,000,000 yuan ($786,250) of capital. He says he had just heard of the demonstration and was thinking of closing down the store when the mob broke in and destroyed over 100,000 yuan ($15,725) worth of property.

“I also love my country, but there is a better way to express one’s patriotism. This is just rioting,” he spoke, though he claims he holds no grudge towards his fellow countrymen for their actions and intends to reopen the restaurant.

Anyone living outside of Japan is probably aware that many Japanese restaurants are actually owned by Chinese or Koreans, though they usually use Japanese names like “Fuji,” “Tokyo,” or “Samurai.”

Needless to say, the Japanese internet community has gotten a kick out of the incident, pointing out that the cars they toppled were also likely owned by Chinese.
 
So remember kids, the next time you form an angry patriotic mob, be sure to politely ask the owner his nationality before you ransack his restaurant.
 
Source: Yahoo! Japan, Zaobao (Chinese)

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  • 17

    Graham DeShazo

    You dumb bas$%&ds! Not only is random violence the mark of an uncivilzed society ("I'm not quite ready for my closeup, Mr. Demille."), you are being counter productive by damaging the economy of your own country. You must have learned this from those French farmers of yore. They used to get po'ed and trash a McDonalds only to find that almost all of them are locally owned as well.

  • 18

    Utrack

    China, this just shows that your people should be ashamed of themselves. They should have been taught to never touch what does not belong to you. Thank goodness no one was hurt.

  • 10

    Virtuoso

    So remember kids, the next time you form an angry patriotic mob, be sure to politely ask the owner his nationality before you ransack his restaurant.

    I'm afraid that this warning is likely to fall upon deaf ears. Running amok and rioting is too much fun to let rational thinking get involved.

  • 15

    Thunderbird2

    Seriously, these people are idiots! A good day for the Japanese TV news and papers ^_^

  • 10

    kurumazaka

    You mean to tell me that New York classics like Grand Schezuan Kyoto and Great Hunan Matsuya aren't Japanese owned? Who would have thought?

  • 1

    TetranMASTER

    When I laugh at this article, I like to think it's less of me picking sides, and more of me chuckling despairingly at general human idiocy, something that hardly ever fails to provide a level of morbid entertainment.

  • 8

    gogogo

    I can't help but feel sorry for the lack of education from these people

  • 9

    blue coral

    These people are so babaric. They can go to the disputed territories and plant their flag but others couldn't. When other did that, they burned their car, robbed their citizen, burned their cars and performed barbarian act on these people.... Did the Japanese do the same back in Japan? These people are so childish and naive... I felt sorry for their people living in Japan... on the other hand, very sad for those Japanese living in China!!!

  • 8

    blue coral

    Oh a good laughing stock for the world to see.... they can be strong in world economy but can never be super power... with bunch idoits like these people... senseless....

  • 3

    risugirl

    Speechless!

  • 2

    sourpuss

    It's all very regrettable.

  • 2

    titaniumdioxide

    MADE IN CHINA Japanese restaurant . People do crazy sh!t when they are mad.

  • 3

    Nessie

    later finds out it is Chinese-owned

    hrdc: had riot; don't care

  • 7

    Nessie

    though he claims he holds no grudge towards his fellow countrymen for their actions

    Annnnnnd there's the problem.

  • 7

    jinjapan

    what a great way to show your disapproval. riot. just shows how classy the chinese are . what a joke !!!

  • 6

    CrazyJoe

    Those dumb ***** should know better. Most Japanese restaurants in China are owned by Chinese.

  • 6

    WilliB

    The Chinese communist rulers have been playing the nationalist zealot card for a long time and can still count on a rampaging mob to materialize any time they want.

    China has a long way to become a civilized society.

  • 3

    Setsuna Henry

    Last time, Chinese mob ravages Korean restaurant during protest, anyone know if that restaurant was owned by the chinese or not.

  • 8

    thywillbedone

    Sad. I was under the impression China's society was becoming more civilized, but alas, I was wrong.

  • 4

    Setsuna Henry

    Me, as a chinese, don't know what to say to the China people. Angry won't solve anything and ravages someone restaurant isn't a good idea. I know China people really hate Japan. When they saw a Japanese sign board, they just ravage without knowing who owned the shop/restaurant. Where are their moral?

  • -7

    Tiger_In_The_Hermitage

    That is what hot headedness does! Calm down little childern, that goes for all sides.

    Japan use to own half of Queensland in Australia but now Japanese economy has been in the utter for decades, thanks to the Americans asking us to appreciate the yen.... The Chinese has learnt a lot from us! They don't fall for apprciate currency trap no more...

  • 4

    StJapan

    This gave me a good chuckle...

  • 6

    thywillbedone

    Japanese living and working in China had better consider their safety carefully, as the embarrassed Chinese mobs will now select their victims with greater care. Of course, Chinese living in Japan have no need for this kind of fear as Japanese people are civilized, and refined.

    Sadly, Chinese appear proud of their tendency to attack innocent, helpless victims - prudence demands that we fear this kind of mindless, indiscriminate violence, and the people and society that encourage it.

    This is a clear reminder of the nature of Chinese society and culture.

    It's entirely possible the victims were not targeted by mistake. The mob probably regards a Chinese proprietor of a Japanese-theme restaurant, or the owner of a Japanese brand car to be traitorous Chinese.

  • -21

    JeffLee

    This story was filed from Tokyo, not Shenzen or the locations in China where the purported events occurred. This makes it hearsay, not real news, and possibly even propaganda. Don't be a lemming and allow yourself to be manipulated.

    • Moderator

      The story was sourced from China's Zaobao.

  • -1

    Elbuda Mexicano

    All of this violence, pent up anger and frustration in China, by the Chinese is really not about Japan, most likely they are sick of the corrupt communist regime in Beijing, and for now they are letting off some steam by being pissed off at Japan?? Because Japan is an easy target, but the second CHINESE get any ideas of going to Tianamen Square and protesting against communism?? against Beijing?? get ready for shock troops by the PLA!!!

  • 2

    realmind

    HA HA HA >>>>> Fools. They were doing what they are thought to do.....

  • 0

    dazzinjapan

    RAGE: Your fury no doubt derives from the knowledge that you have chosen the losing side in the epic battle between good and evil.

  • -6

    oberst

    Of course, Chinese living in Japan have no need for this kind of fear as Japanese people are civilized, and refined.................................

    just don't speak Chinese within the confine of Yasukuni Shrine, lest the nationals there may mis-interpret that as an insult and start beating them up .

  • 7

    Mary Marylander

    oberst, every month thousands of very loud chinese tourists visit Yasukuni without any problem, in my observation around there.

  • 5

    m6bob

    Chinese everywhere should be ashamed of themselves. But I see Chinese government coercion in this. They can turn a blind eye or they can clamp down on violence in the streets. You believe they are not watching all these anti-Japanese demos? Look at how civilized the Japanese response to this is.

  • 6

    House Atreides

    But I see Chinese government coercion in this.

    Of course the Chinese government has a hand in this. If the Uyghurs or the Tibetans were burning Chinese flags and smashing Chinese cars you can bet the PLA would be out in force clamping down on the protests.

  • 1

    Mary Marylander

    I wonder if these angry mobs are aware of the fact that roughly half of the so-called "japanese restaurants" on the Eurasian continent are owned/cooked by Chinese (while the other half is owned/cooked by Koreans). These two peoples who love to hate the japanese.

  • 2

    lostrune2

    Chinese police most likely just stood by too.

    If they would've done their job like they were supposed to, then this embarrassment would've been avoided.

  • -1

    tmarie

    How is this any different than when looting and routing happens home or in any other country?! It never hurts any but people IN the community, not the people they want to target. Thugs all around.

  • 3

    TokyoGas

    hahahaha So poetic.

  • 5

    Gaijintoday

    Smells like Kristallnacht.

  • 4

    shanabelle

    What a bunch of tools!!

  • -12

    JeffLee

    Indeed. I remember patriotic chinese mobs mobilized all around the world during the torch relay for the 2008 summer olympics.

    How dare they! Attending a torch relay for an Olympics that they are hosting?! They must be forced to stay away. After all, patriotic mobs never happen in Japan (apart from the half a million screaming flag-wavers who crammed several city blocks in Ginza on Monday.)

    Mary Marylander, you are indeed a wise and insightful person. Your comments always fill me with patriotic fervor.

     

  • 3

    toguro

    This is the China everyone is so worried about? LOL

  • 2

    Maitake

    Classic.

  • 4

    the-grouch

    Nice ... it's nice to see everyone getting along just fine. A little bumpy but fine. As for the rioters, the real losers all come out to be the Chinese. They are destroying their own country by looting and rioting. How silly is that? They are just crapping in their own cage, making a mess of things, showing the world they are still a bunch of Neanderthals and that they need more social education. Where is Ironman when you need him....

  • 6

    HonestDictator

    Ah, the irony curtain of China.

  • 0

    wipeout

    The reason for your link...is? It makes NO mention of the Chinese ownership of the restaurant, which is the major angle of the above piece of hearsay.

    You originally mentioned "purported" events. The events - smashing up of Japanese cars, including a police car, and the smashing of a Japanese restaurant - did happen. They were reported by Xinhua, and you can easily find video footage of the cars getting smashed up; it's been carried by just about every major television news channel.

    Japanese restaurants in China are generally wholly Chinese owned. This is certainly not the first time that Chinese protesters - if that's the correct word - have gone on the rampage: there were riots in 2005 where Japanese restaurants were attacked as shown here

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzfbKLu5Isk

    and 2010 in Sichuan

    http://articles.latimes.com/2010/oct/18/world/la-fg-china-japan-protests-20101018

    So this story today isn't hearsay, it's part of a repeated pattern over the last few years of people in China using violence against what they see as symbols of Japan, even if that's a Chinese-owned restaurant with Japanese food.

    Would you prefer it not to be true?

  • 1

    issa1

    I'm laughing cracking up !

  • 2

    blackrock

    LMFAO =)) =))

  • 5

    blackrock

    hey, i wonder what happened to those idolizing Sora Aoi last time =))

  • 2

    tamanegi

    And it's all on the net for eternity!

  • 2

    presto345

    Diplomatic problems? Political problems? Let loose the mob, they will fix it.

  • 2

    YuriOtani

    Am going to laugh myself sick!

  • 6

    Eautaceux Janais

    China has gotten rich so fast, but I guess you CAN'T BUY CLASS.

  • 3

    Hibe Fore

    Whats next?! Destroying hello kitties????!

  • 4

    SenseNotSoCommon

    Mary and Jeff,

    The most bizarre ultra-nationalist demo I ever saw was against pre-Beijing Olympics BBC 'anti-Chinese' bias (for broadcasting content that wasn't fawning and sycophantic) outside the House of Commons.

    Dozens of super-obedient Chinese students were being subtly directed by a very elegant, very expensively clothed gentleman, who could only have been from the embassy.

  • 10

    Nessie

    The thing about ravaging a Chinese restaurant is, half an hour later, you feel like ravaging it again.

  • 3

    OssanAmerica

    Nothing surprising about these mobs and their sheer stupidity. But what does surprise me is that the CCP govt is allowing this when back in 2007 these mobs destrpoyed the image of China and the world categorized them as unicivilized and "not quite ready" to join the rest of the international community.

  • 4

    TetranMASTER

    Though, before calling these rioters idiots, we should all remember the ones pulling the strings. Wow, that even looks cheesy written down. But there was a large police presence throughout these riots, and little was done to stop them. Chinese media is largely state controlled and any politician worth his salt can rile up a crowd by barking words like 'justice.' A riot is usually made up of a group of confused people being pushed by the back row, after all. I become increasingly worried China is dictating more and more, and with less subtlety by the year, how the Chinese public think, the opposite of how Government should function (though, come to think of it, that is pretty much the literal definition of the word).

    All in all, I'm secretly hoping some day soon the Chinese ruling body will invite the broken and battered foreign journalists, exiled peoples and missing 'criminals' back to China, ask them to roll the cameras and, on live broadcast, do a set of perfectly synchronised jazz hands while announcing "Surprise! We just made the biggest George Orwell reference ever!"

  • 4

    exileravenel

    Weep for the ignorance for it is everywhere. And it infects us all at some point.

  • 2

    TokyoLurker

    stupid people wrecking business... Emotional people are really a pity...

  • 7

    OssanAmerica

    JeffLeeAug. 21, 2012 - 10:15PM JST After all, patriotic mobs never happen in Japan (apart from the half a million screaming flag-wavers who crammed >several city blocks in Ginza on Monday.)

    I sincerely hope that you are able to distinguish a mob celebrating and cheering their Olympic athletes, and a mob motivated by hatred abd racism destroying people's property.

     

  • 1

    Triumvere

    This is no different than any other riot. It is not so much a matter of ignorance, as that these people simply do not care who they hurt.

  • -2

    JeffLee

    @OssanAmerica

    I sincerely hope that you are able to distinguish a mob celebrating and cheering their Olympic athletes, and a mob motivated by hatred abd racism destroying people's property.

    Please re-read my post, carefully this time. Sigh. I compare it to the Chinese torch relay events. Wise Mary Marylander condemns the Chinese crowds in 2008 of being "patriotic." I suggested that the massive screaming crowd in Ginza may have also been "patriotic."

    The depressing thing about these disputes is that some people lose their basic ability to reason. Or maybe they never had it in the first place.

  • 4

    Beer4me

    Funny thing Just got back from the USA and all of the Sushi resturants are owned by Koreans. If they hate us so much then why startup a Japanese establishment? I can understand why the Chinese are angry but why do they act like little children when it comes to situations like this? I am happy that the damaged shops and resturants were owned by Chinese ownes and most likely the vehicles were also Chinese owned but I also hope that the rioters will pitch together and pay for restorations to the owers. GROW UP! Both Korea and China!

  • 0

    Beer4me

    Sorry I meant most of the Sushi or Japanese resturants are owned by Koreans.

  • 4

    Mary Marylander

    ".....most of the Sushi or Japanese resturants are owned by Koreans."

    or, by Chinese.

    the two peoples who loves to "hate" the Japanese.

    Really funny. The situation is the same in Europe, Australia, etc.

  • 2

    tamanegi

    The Chinamen would really go off if they could protest about grievances with their communist rulers!

  • -1

    shashinka

    Reminds me of the riots in S.Central LA a few years back with the black community trying to "Stick it to the man" by burning down and rioting their own communities.

  • 3

    Scrote

    Hilarious. The Chinese demonstrate against Japan by smashing up their own country. Please hold more anti-Japan demonstrations.

  • 0

    oyatoi

    The latent hypocrisy of these mind controlled mobs who see no contradiction between China's slavish mimicry of Japanese achievements and simultaneous hatred of everything Japan represents. It's almost as if the cognitive dissonance is too much to bear and like the mad monk in Mishima's epic they're driven to destroy the object of their veneration.

  • 5

    blue coral

    These idoits hated Japan so much but used (uh sorry, should be copying) all the Japanese Technology.... - They bought the Japanese Shinkansen, forced the Japanese to sell them the best technology and pushed them out of the game before the contract ends. Built their own 350km/h train, despite Japanese told them not to and had a very major accident on July 23rd. Can you imagine what would have possibly happened if Japan didn't sign the MOU with them to say the train cannot travel beyond 300km/h? Read more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-speedrailin_China - They built a car called BYD F3 that looked exactly like 9th generation Toyota Corolla.... same interior as well. However, the rear looks exactly like Honda Aria. Most buyers even bought Toyota logo to tag at the front to cover the BYD word. If anyone ask, they will reply, "this is of course our own design, does Toyota Corolla has a rear that looks like Honda?"!!!! Idoits.... http://www.treehugger.com/cars/f3dm-the-second-smaller-plug-in-hybrid-by-chinas-byd.html

    Many more that they copied, theme parks, hello kitty, manga characters, etc...

    The whole world think that they are arrogant because they are strong now, in terms of economic power at the present. Countries have no choice but to lean towards them, wait for one day when China economy started to weaken, watch what will happen..... China government knew that and that's why they have to hold the economy up.... and support it.

  • 2

    peanut666

    This just demonstrates how smart the Chinese people really are.

  • 1

    sn00z3

    This country known for copying things... all things...

  • -3

    yasukuni

    "I also love my country, but there is a better way to express one’s patriotism. "

    This guy needs to do a world tour.

    To all the China bashers here who are rejoicing and using this is make statements about Chinese as a whole race - just remember that everyday there are men driving around in black trucks blaring out old war songs.

    That's every day! I don't see many normal Japanese people trying to stop them - so can we assume that Japanese people all love singing songs about going overseas to die for the Emperor?

    Geez, the amount of childishness and hatred on both sides is depressing. Think I'll stop reading about this stuff and concentrate on the US election. No, wait....

  • -2

    tmarie

    Bimyou, places were looted after the earthquake and tsunami. People fought over goods - as much as this country would like to ignore it and the j media didn't cover it.

    Far too much anti- china comments on this thread for people to be acting holier than thou.

  • 0

    nigelboy

    Bimyou, places were looted after the earthquake and tsunami. People fought over goods - as much as this country would like to ignore it and the j media didn't cover it.

    Neither did the Chinese, European, American media that was there. How strange?

  • 2

    ojiiu812badboy

    It's evident that non-violent marches haven't caught on in China. I recommend they start using "flash mobs" and sing their bitching in Enka. I see the potential for comedy without destroying a restaurant. I have great disdain for groups that destroy property or take lives "for the cause".

  • 1

    frontandcentre

    Just childish petulant behaviour, really.

    The Chinese should rise up and protest against the fact that they are governed by a totally illegitimate, unelected junta. That's a much bigger issue than a couple of rocks off Okinawa that they don't even need.

  • 3

    wipeout

    JeffLee:

    The depressing thing about these disputes is that some people lose their basic ability to reason. Or maybe they never had it in the first place.

    You reasoned your way into this thread by implying that these events didn't happen.

    Xinhua is the official Chinese agency and reported what happened in Shenzhen. The restaurant story comes by way of Lianhe Zaobao, a Singapore-based Chinese language newspaper.

    http://www.zaobao.com.sg/wencui/2012/08/hongkong120820ma.shtml

    Your talk of what you call hearsay has nothing to back it up. The stories are genuine, and your reasoning powers are, let's face it, faulty.

  • -2

    tmarie

    Nigel, the Western media DID write about it.

  • 1

    Kwaabish

    Pretty much expected childish behaviour. And they want to call themselves a superpower... LOL

  • -3

    AlternateUniverse

    A Japanese car is a legitimate Japanese item no matter who owns it.

    But you don't get legitimate Japanese food from a Japanese restaurant owned by a Chinese or Korean outside of Japan.

    Mind you, I am not saying trashing either is ever legitimate. Its stupid either way. I am just telling you how the not quite as stupid would think the car trashing is reasonable compared to the restaurant trashing, and how the ignorant have no idea about Japanese food.

    The stupid and ignorant should be made to sit down and shut up. Trouble is, they outnumber us!

  • 2

    J_rock

    The Chinese government has always given tacit approval to these types of aggressive displays of nationalism. This is a country that is ALWAYS seeking to prevent spontaneous demonstrations, so there is no way that the authorities didn't let this happen. They understand very well that if the mobs are angry at Japan, then their attention won't be focused on the people who are actually screwing them over, namely the Chinese Communist Party.

    As this story demonstrates however, angry mobs are tough to control, and while they only destroyed a Chinese-owned shop this time, one day, they may well bring down the entire government.

  • 0

    Serrano

    I'll bet the Chinese owners are pissed off.

  • 0

    kcjapan

    "So remember kids, the next time you form an angry patriotic mob, be sure to politely ask the owner his nationality before you ransack his restaurant."

    Is it funny to treat this fanatical nationalism with glib and careless sarcasm?

    The core belief may be to show contrast between a rogue few and their destruction but it seems irresponsible writing when featured in media which seeks serious recognition and respect from its readers.

    This sort of violence isn't funny. It's tragic and sad when nations are lead by fools who cannot act responsibly to avoid these senseless conflicts of nationalism. One might think of America's clown prince George W. Bush for a lesson of where this sort of irresponsible foolishness leads a nation.

  • -3

    peace_zzz

    well, seriously, nobody understand this kind of act? it's a warning to those Chinese who bought and use Japanese's products. They hate Japanese, but they are more dislike to Chinese who use Japanese's products. This is what I get from this act. So they aren't make wrong target. Well, no Japanese get hurt by that riot, right?

    How about compare to a Korean protested outside the Yusikuni Shrine (or how it's spelled), got beaten by a group of Japanese extrimist in front of polices? And he got arrested while the group of Japanese extrimist just free.

    which one is more uncivilised? which one is more barbarian?

  • 0

    ReformedBasher

    Actually there's nothing funny about this. So many of us want the "Chinese" to be "civilised", yet laugh at their misfortune?

    Rise above it folks. Respect has to be on both sides before things get better.

  • -1

    JoeBigs

    “I also love my country, but there is a better way to express one’s patriotism. This is just rioting,”

    What else could anyone expect from uncivilized people.

    Funny though, they are so uneducated that they actually believed they were attacking a Japanese establishment.

  • -1

    iceshoecream

    Ha! Epic.

  • 0

    bajhista65

    Hahahahaha... that's what communist governed country are teaching and brainwashing ignorant chinese... who konws, probably the protestors are being paid by the government. Chinese invented bribery and under the table money. hehehe

  • 0

    Mary Marylander

    possibly, Jiang Zemin/Princelings factions, in collaboration with hardliners in the PLA, have been instigating the mobs, in an attempt to weaken Hu Jintao's power base which Hu had inherited from his mentor Hu Yaobang (known for his pro-japanese stance).

  • 0

    Mary Marylander

    and, such suspicion is probably one of the reasons why the J government's respose has been somewhat muted/rather cautious amid this latest chinese riots as well.

  • 0

    Mark Bradley

    What would be hilarious is if Japan just stopped policing any of these disputed "rocks". Activists come, look around, wait for some reaction.... nothing happens, "okay this is boring lets go home".

  • 0

    LordPounce

    Actually there's nothing funny about this. So many of us want the "Chinese" to be "civilised", yet laugh at their misfortune?

    Rise above it folks. Respect has to be on both sides before things get better.

    Agreed. These protesters are obviously fools but there are a lot of hateful comments on here showing the same sort of backward thinking as the protesters.

    As a native of Vancouver I can assure you that the idiotic mob mentality exists in a lot of places other than China.

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