Japanese & Chinese Diplomats Call Each Other Voldemort
Chinese ambassador to the UK, Liu Xiaoming has been reading Harry Potter:
In the Harry Potter story, the dark wizard Voldemort dies hard because the seven horcruxes, which contain parts of his soul, have been destroyed. If militarism is like the haunting Voldemort of Japan, the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo is a kind of horcrux, representing the darkest parts of that nation’s soul.
His Japanese counterpart, Keiichi Hayashi responded brilliantly, by basically saying “NUH-UH YOU’RE LIKE VOLDEMORT”:
There are two paths open to China. One is to seek dialogue, and abide by the rule of law. The other is to play the role of Voldemort in the region by letting loose the evil of an arms race and escalation of tensions…
OK, whatever. At JZ we are of the opinion that a Star Wars reference would have been more appropriate, with plucky Chinese rebels, perhaps with the help of the Flying Tigers, planning daring strikes at the heart of the (Japanese) Empire to force the emperor to capitulate.
…OK, I’m never going to watch Star Wars ever again. Childhood ruined!