While anti-Japanese sentiments continue to brew across China due to the unseemly scrum over the Senkaku, called the Diaoyu by the Chinese, islands, some celebrities in the region have spoken out against the tension.

Notable amongst them is Sora Aoi, a former Japanese pornography actress, who has helped China, or at the very least its young men, gain a fervent appreciation for Japanese porn.

According to The Economist, the prominent publication focusing on international news, Aoi took to the Internet in late September, posting a handwritten request for “Sino-Japanese friendship.” Her microblog posting garnered mixed responses, numbering at around 150,000 comments.

The former actress’ popularity speaks volumes to the contradictory nature of the numerous anti-Japanese rallies. Despite the fervent anger spurred on by issues such as past war crimes and the present-day territory disputes, China undeniably appreciates Japan for “being better at some things,” such as “electronic goods; social order; comic books – and pornographic videos.”  However, this appreciation hasn’t always translated to peaceful enjoyment. Some of Aoi’s public events in China have nearly resulted in riots due to their typically pro-Japanese nature.

Out of Aoi’s 13 million followers on Sina Weibo, a Chinese microblog, many have supported the actress’ pleas for peace between the neighboring nations. However, some fans lashed out, nationalistically backing China’s claim over the uninhabited islands. This goes to show you that even the powers of pornography aren’t always strong enough to de-tension ardent political views.

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