A survey conducted by state-run newspaper China Daily (red flag warning) has supposedly revealed that 93 percent of Japanese people "hate" their Chinese neighbors, up from 84 percent in the last survey.
Infamously vitriolic Communist Party mouthpiece Global Times responded with admirable grace, responded with a rambling editorial that can essentially be summed with the words, "well Japan sucks anyway so meh."
"Think the scenery in Japan is so beautiful?" the Global Times asks its readers, "then how come Mount Fuji failed to attain recognition as a natural UNESCO World Heritage site?" The fact that Japan's tallest mountain is registered as a cultural rather than natural UNESCO site - due to the immense impact it has had on Japanese art and literature - is apparently a huge slap in the face to Japan (according to GT, anyway - Japan doesn't seem to mind).
"Only the Ryukyu Islands have golden beaches," the article continues, "no one goes to the grey beaches of Japan." You might be wondering at this point: "aren't the Ryukyus (known in Japan as the Nansei Islands) Japanese anyway? What's the big deal?"
Well, according to many Chinese, the islands rightfully belong to China since the Ryukyu Kingdom had once been a tributary state of the Ming and Qing empires before becoming a vassal of the Satsuma Domain and later Empire of Japan - so they don't count, obvs.
Thereafter, GT rubbishes Tokyo for having "narrow, unplanned" streets and explains why Japanese food and shopping are actually, contrary to popular perception, really awful.
Unfortunately, however, none of this has stopped an 84 percent jump in tourist arrivals from the PRC last year, over 2013. When will the people ever learn?