A Chinese woman walked down the streets of Haining city in Zhejiang province, China, on Dec. 13. 

Her outfit quickly sparked a fierce backlash, as Dec. 13 is the National Memorial Day for the Nanjing victims, who were slaughtered en mass and raped by Japanese troops 84 years ago.

According to News Talk, local police acted quickly. The paper said they “had severely criticized and educated her about the wrongdoing.”

The woman apologized for her insensitive outfit. Hainan Daily reported that she was unaware of the Nanjing Massacre until that afternoon. 

She was a part-time online shop model. She was traveling to the shop to film a video where she would be wearing a kimono. 

Amid the heavy criticism online, other Chinese users also noted an overreaction. 

Some asked, “What crime did she commit?” 

“Do many people believe that Japanese food shops are not permitted to open today? Will you call the cops if you discover someone eating Japanese food today? “What if you were to drive a Japanese vehicle today? Is it a crime as well?”

Others sarcastically said, “Which law have you violated? Then drive Japanese cars today. How about it?”

Similar situations are not uncommon. For example, on Sept. 18 of this year, Chinese netizens chastised a woman in Sichuan, China, for wearing a kimono in the street. 

Sept. 18 marked the 1931 staged railway bombing by Japanese troops for a cover to invade China’s Manchuria. It is also called the 9.18 Incident or the Mukden Incident.

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