BEIJING - The latest issue of Chongqing Youth News, a Chinese weekly paper in Chongqing, ran a full-page ad headlined "Japan wants a new war" in Chinese and English, publishing a map of the Japanese archipelago with mushroom clouds generated from nuclear bombs positioned over areas indicating Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
The paper is published by the Chongqing city committee of the Chinese Communist Youth League, a youth organisation of the Chinese Communist Party. The map only showed Tokyo, Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
A different page from the paper also criticised Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet decision to allow Japan to exercise its right of collective self-defence under limited conditions, stating, "A sword has been handed to a murderer again."
The paper did not disclose the advertiser and also refrained from making any comment to inquiries from The Yomiuri Shimbun over the phone on Tuesday.
"It's truly imprudent. As a foreign minister of the only nation targeted by the atomic bomb and a politician from Hiroshima, which was devastated by the atomic bomb, I find this completely unacceptable," Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said at a press conference Wednesday.