Quick, what country does Samsung come from?
If you said Japan, you’re wrong. Samsung is actually headquartered in South Korea. But no worries, it’s just a missed trivia question. However, if you’re an angry mob hell bent on destroying all things Japanese and you make this same mistake, you’ve committed a major faux paus.
As many of you may know, China and Japan are currently in a heated dispute over territorial rights to a group of uninhabited islands, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China. This dispute has escalated into full-blown rioting in many of China’s major cities. Rioters are targeting businesses headquartered in Japan, Japanese-made products, and stores selling Japanese items.
In the picture above, you can see the aftermath of a case of mistaken identity. Anti-Japanese protesters have set fire to a Samsung building, mistaking the South Korean company as Japanese. Protesters are also seen demonstrating in front of another Korean business, identified by the huge hangul lettering on the storefront’s sign.
Many Japanese netizens are shocked by the actions of Chinese activists, saying “Just because you hate Japan, does that mean you hate the rest of the world too?” and “It’s a huge problem that authorities aren’t even trying to restrain the rioters.”
Whatever your stance on this dispute is, I think we can all agree that if you are going to start rioting with the goal of destroying Japanese companies, you should do a quick Wikipedia search and confirm that a potential target is actually from Japan.