Xiao riben (Chinese: 小日本; pinyin: xiǎo rìběn) is a derogatory Chinese slang term for the Japanese people or a person of Japanese descent. Literally translated, it means "Japanese runts" or "little Japanese" or "Puny Japanese". It is often used with "gui zi" or ghost/devil, such as Xiao ri ben gui zi or little Japanese ghost. It is regarded as an ethnic slur.
Anti-Japanese demonstrators used the term xiao riben during the 2012 China anti-Japanese demonstrations. On September 18, 2012, anti-Japanese demonstrators held a sign saying "1.3 billion Chinese stamp on the Japanese runts" in front of the Japanese embassy in Beijing. In Taiwan, anti-Japanese demonstrators also held signs that used the phrase xiao riben.
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