Nationalism in Japan and China has been rising for several years now, a trend we’ve documented before. While realistically, a shooting war still seems unlikely, the tabloid press is still pushing for apocalyptic conflict.
The Japan Times writes:
On Nov. 23, China announced the creation of a newly expanded air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea, overlapping a large expanse of territory also claimed by Japan. The move has produced a visceral reaction in the Japanese vernacular media, particularly the weekly tabloids. Five out of nine weekly magazines that went on sale last Monday and Tuesday contained scenarios that raised the possibility of a shooting war.
Conspiracy theories about China committing false flag attacks or otherwise purposely instigating an open conflict seem pretty far fetched, but that is not unusual when nationalistic tendencies are so high.
Scenarios proposed include the Chinese taking Japanese hostages, the targeting of oil tankers, or the shooting down of civilian airliners. Most of this relates to the Senkaku Islands, claimed by both China and Japan.
It’s all just ridiculous theory-crafting now, but that’s how nationalism works. Read on for more details.