• Kyodo


Three Japanese students and a Japanese teacher left for home from the central Chinese city of Xian on Monday after being expelled or dismissed from Northwest University for putting on a racy skit during a cultural festival last week, sources close to the situation said.

They also said that among 43 Japanese students at the university, eight apart from the expelled three hope to return home while another eight will transfer to other universities in the wake of protests over the “offensive” show.

Two Japanese students were beaten up last week by Chinese students who broke into a university dormitory for foreign students.

The performance that caused the ruckus featured a skit in which the expelled students and the teacher dressed in red brassieres and wore paper “genitals” that many attending the festival found beyond the pale for Chinese audiences.

Meanwhile, Chinese authorities punished 52 Chinese residents who took part in an illegal anti-Japan protest march following the show, the sources said.

In Beijing, a Japanese Embassy official said the embassy will formally caution its citizens to be more careful and considerate to head off more trouble over such incidents.

After some research, the embassy will publish on its Web site an advisory that Japanese learn how to relate to Chinese better, the official said on condition of anonymity.

He said the specific content of the advisory has not been decided, but he added it will “not recommend” that Japanese adjust their lifestyles.

About 64,000 Japanese live in China.

The official media in China constantly remind people of Japan’s wartime occupation, and Chinese are willing to express dislike for Japanese or the Japanese government.

Anger has reached a new level over the past two months due to the mid-September Zhuhai incident involving 280 Japanese company employees on a junket and some 500 prostitutes, and last week’s university performance.

“Japanese should learn more about Chinese expectations,” said Akinori Yoshida, 24, a graduate student at China Agricultural University in Beijing. He said the Xian incident has chilled relations between him and his Chinese classmates.

“There’s no big problem, but I need to watch what I say,” Yoshida said.

He noted a “big gap” between the Chinese and Japanese sense of humor.

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