Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian recently speculated on the Fukushima nuclear wastewater incident in Japan, and as a result, it was picked up by the media that the emission limit of China’s Daya Bay nuclear power plant exceeded Fukushima by 10 times, and Zhao Lijian was also directly chided by Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso, “Is the Pacific Ocean China’s (CCP’s) sewer?” On the 26th, Zhao Lijian tweeted another painting that scandalized Japan’s ukiyo-e, ridiculing the discharge of Fukushima’s nuclear wastewater into the sea. The spoof painting has once again stirred up diplomatic trouble, and Japan’s Foreign Ministry has protested against it and demanded its immediate removal.
Japanese ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai’s famous woodblock print, “Thirty-six Views of the Surf in Kanagawa,” is one of the world’s most famous works of Japanese art, with a composition of waves, boats and Mount Fuji in the background.
The painting has been altered by Zhao Lijian to replace Mount Fuji, which is considered a sacred national symbol, with a nuclear power plant, a “cross” painted on the clouds, making the whole background look like a tomb, and the white waves have been scandalized into the shape of a skull.
In the tweet, Zhao Lijian said, “If Katsushika Hokusai were alive now, he would be very worried about Japanese nuclear waste water.”
Zhao Lijian’s provocative behavior was immediately met with a backlash from the Japanese side. Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimichi Mogi said at an April 27 press conference that he had seen the post by Zhao Lijian and “I immediately protested strongly against the incident through diplomatic channels and requested that it be removed.”
The Kyodo News report also noted that the attitude of top Chinese Communist Party officials who use Japanese culture to criticize Japan could cause a widespread backlash in Japan.
Zhao Lijian and other CCP diplomats have recently sparked several international diplomatic disputes, insulting and insulting foreign officials and scholars in response to European and American countries’ support of human rights sanctions against the CCP in Hong Kong and Xinjiang, which has been satirized as “war wolf diplomacy” by the international community.
Zhao Lijian has also repeatedly and vehemently criticized the discharge of Fukushima’s nuclear waste water into the sea, when Zhao Lijian said, “The ocean is not Japan’s garbage can and the Pacific Ocean is not Japan’s sewer,” which was refuted by Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso: “The Pacific Ocean is not Japan’s sewer, is it China’s (CCP) sewer? Is it?”
The media has revealed that China’s 49 existing nuclear power plants not only discharge nuclear wastewater into the sea, but also have an upper limit of tritium, a radioactive substance, at the Daya Bay Nuclear Power Plant that is 10 times higher than the Fukushima standard. In 2010 alone, three nuclear accidents occurred at the Daya Bay Nuclear Power Plant, and there has been criticism of why these Communist Party officials have not spoken out on behalf of the Chinese victims of the Daya Bay leak.