China Borrows "Detective Conan" Heroine to Broadside Japan's New Leader

International tensions play out on a pop culture battlefield

Tensions between Japan and China were exacerbated by the recent return of right leaning politician Shinzo Abe to the Japanese office of Prime Minister. Even Washington is hoping that he tones down his anti-China rhetoric and hard line stance of the disputed Senkaku islands. Into this fray comes the beloved Detective Conan anime, weighing in on the side of China. 


Noting that Abe's grandfather, father and father-in-law have all served as either government ministers or lawmakers, China's state run CCTV-13 aired a clip of 2002 anime Detective Conan: The Phantom of Baker Street in which Anita Hailey/Ai Haibara sees a ballroom filled with the young children of Japan’s political elite, and is provoked to comment on how the gathering “was what led to a corrupted future.”


“It’s because of this politics of inheritance which led to human beings repeating its mistakes in history.” 


This was followed by an infographic detailing how 75 of the 480 members sitting at the outgoing Diet were offspring of past political notables.

China's Communist party similarly has a relatively new leader in Xi Jinping and moves like this, as well as last week's unedited airing of V for Vendetta, have gotten watchers wondering about the politics of what is being shown on Japanese TV under the new regime.

The clip can be seen online here.

via Variety


Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime. 

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