At the state funeral of Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, more than 200 countries’ representatives attended, and tens of thousands of people laid flower offerings outside the venue. However, there was also opposition, and some Japanese objected to Mr. Abe’s state funeral. Seeing the anti-funeral protesters protected by the police triggered lots of thoughts for a Chinese student studying in Japan.
An NTDTV reporter near the site of the funeral of former Japanese Prime Minister Abe said that the national mourning has ended, but the restrictions nearby have not been lifted.
Near the site of Shinzo Abe’s national funeral, opponents of his funeral were agitated and continued to confront supporters of Abe.
For the first time, a Chinese student who witnessed such a bitter conflict expressed his feelings.
A Chinese student with the pen name Shen Xia told NTDTV, “I come from a place where the CCP’s rule is harsh. There is no freedom of speech in the People’s Republic of China, which is why I’m very touched by the atmosphere around here. Of course, there are people who are for or against the constitutional reform, such freedom of speech doesn’t seem to exist in China. This is my first experience in a democratic country.”
Shen Xia also expressed his views on the different epidemic prevention policies between mainland China and Japan.
“I am very dissatisfied with the domination and oppression of the people in the name of serious epidemic prevention in China. In the People’s Republic of China, the Covid-19 pandemic has become a kind of mental epidemic, and epidemic prevention has nothing to do with medical knowledge. It has become a purely political issue,” said Shen Xia. After arriving in Japan, Shen Xia also gained a new understanding of China’s anti-Japanese brainwashing propaganda campaign. He added, “Because I was born and raised in the People’s Republic of China, and was educated by the People’s Republic of China government, I fully understand all of their brainwashing propaganda. There definitely are people behind it and promote it. This kind of extreme nationalism, including the populism espoused by the CCP, education and propaganda is dragging China into the abyss.”