A Chinese newspaper published a map of Japan with mushroom clouds rising above Hiroshima and Nagasaki, provoking outrage today from Tokyo’s foreign minister, who is from the first of the cities to be obliterated.
Tensions between the Asian powers are high due to a series of issues ranging from a territorial dispute over islands in the East China Sea to recent moves by Tokyo to reinterpret its pacifist constitution.
The Chongqing Youth Daily, a newspaper linked to the Communist Youth League in the southwestern megacity, last week carried the map in a full-page advertisement under the title “Japan wants a war again”, according to a posting on its official account on Weibo.
This is the graphic from Chongqing Youth News（重庆青年报, 3 July）that has Japanese ForMin upset. pic.twitter.com/ob6anm0orw
— Adam Cathcart (@adamcathcart) July 8, 2014
Japan’s full-scale invasion of China in 1937 left 20 million Chinese dead, according to Beijing’s estimates. It ended with Tokyo’s second world war defeat in 1945 following the US atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.