Deleted Weibo: Japan can learn from China’s deceptions?

The following post by Lishi Chenwu (历史沉雾) about a comment purportedly made by a Mandarin-speaking Japanese friend in the midst of heightened tensions between China and Japan was deleted from Sina Weibo sometime before 8:04 a.m. today, August 28, 2012. Lishi Chenwu currently has just over 108,000 followers, according to numbers from Sina Weibo. [More on deleted posts at the WeiboScope Search, by the Journalism and Media Studies Centre].

[Post by Jiazhuang Shi Faguan (假装是法官)]: My Japanese friend, Mr. Suganuma (菅沼) is a China expert and speaks Mandarin really well. The day before yesterday when we were having drinks, he said that China really was Japan’s teacher, and that Japanese would always be [China's] pupils! I asked him why [he said this], and he answered: “Your police break the law and they say it was done by temp workers (临时工) [rather than actual police], military vehicles break the law and they say the license plates were fake. So I would advise the Japanese government to just say that the Japanese invading China were not the imperial army but just guerrilla bands.”

The provocative post was accompanied by an image from the Second World War of Japanese troops marching in China.

The following is the original Chinese post:

假装是法官:日本朋友菅沼先生是中国通,普通话讲的好。前天他来苏州,喝酒时说,中国真是日本的老师,日本要永远当中国的学生!我问为何,他接着说:“你们警察犯了法就说是临时工干的,军车犯了法就说牌照是假的。所以我要建议日本政府,说侵华日军根本不是皇军,是日本游击队。。。”@袁裕来律师

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