Lingering anti-Japanese sentiment? Or simple economic common sense – you look after your own first and don’t waste public money. Seems a reasonable protest to me. But the article authors want us to think that it can only mean “anti-Japanese sentiment”.

And my curiosity is piqued about these immigrants “who died of hunger following Japan’s surrender”. What’s the story behind that, I wonder?

Officials in northeast China demolished a memorial to Japanese immigrants to allay a public outcry over its construction last month, state media said on Monday, a sign of lingering anti-Japanese sentiment in the region once occupied by Japan.

The 3.8-meter high memorial wall was emblazoned with the names of 229 Japanese immigrants who were among the thousands settled in Heilongjiang province by Japan’s government during its World War Two-era occupation.

An official said the memorial to the immigrants who died of hunger following Japan’s surrender was a mark of the Chinese people’s humanness.

But residents in Fangzheng county where the memorial was erected criticized officials for wasting public funds to commemorate invaders, the official English-language China Daily newspaper said.

via China erects, then destroys Japanese immigrant memorial – Yahoo! News.