Internet communities from China and Japan have said that while the exchange of Harry Potter-infused name-calling between the two sovereign nations was entertaining, they are of the opinion that the governments of both countries need to “grow up”. Chinese ambassador to London Liu Xiaoming had started the exchange, likening Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Harry Potter villain “Lord Voldemort”. Japanese ambassador to London Keiichi Hayashi made his reply days later, saying that China was more like the “Voldemort of East Asia” by refusing to abide by the “rule of law”.
The war of words was monitored by netizens in both countries who were always ready to put their two cents in about the issue. “Japan really needs to upgrade its arguing technique,” wrote a user on Sina Weibo, a hybrid of microblogging service Twitter. “Even children know that if you start repeating your accuser’s rhetoric, you are losing the debate,” the user added. Another Weibo user was offended by the “lameness” of the situation. “I had thought it was lame for China to use the Voldemort argument, and yet Japan hit a new low by repeating it,” the user said. “I wonder what will show up in their next argument? The Deceptacons (sic)?” said still another Weibo user, referring to the infamous evil alien robots in the Transformers franchise.
Surprisingly, there were China-based users who actually agreed with Japan on its arguments. “Look at how China is censoring media and criticism, isn’t that exactly what Voldemort would do?” said one anonymous microblogger.
On Yahoo Japan, a popular web platform, the majority of Japanese commenters are unsurprisingly siding with Hayashi. These commenters said that it was about time that someone spoke up about Japan’s side. “It’s time that Japanese ambassadors sent to other countries all speak up like Keiichi Hayashi did,” a blogger wrote. This specific comment was “liked” nearly 6,000 times as of Tuesday. To add to the JK Rowling references, an anonymous Japanese commenter said that “the Chinese are trying to make out like they are Harry Potter, but we all know they are the baddies.”
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