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Sovereign Rights and Territorial Space in Sino-Japanese Relations: Irredentism and the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands (ISBN-10: 0824824938)

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The 3 Bottom Lines that Cannot be Crossed/The Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands-XV/The 3rd Sino-Japanese War-I

Right now, the Chinese have warned Japan. There are three lines that cannot be crossed without resulting in a war (i.e., The 3rd Sino-Japanese War in modern history) over the Diaoyu Islands.
1. If Japan nationalizes the Diaoyu Islands, there will be a war.
2. If the Japanese SDF enters the Diaoyu Islands, there will be the war.
3. If any Japanese live or occupy or develop the Diaoyu Islands, there will be the war (CCTV 27 August 2012; Global Times, 27 August, 2012; Phoenix TV News 27 August 2012; Shenzhen TV 27 August 2012). Has the Japanese government gotten these messages?

Source: The First Sino-Japanese War by (access date: 27 August 2012).

Source: The Second Sino-Japanese War by (access date: 27 August 2012).

Thursday, August 23, 2012

China vs. USA: Sea of Japan Issue

On 5 May 2012, the general assembly of the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) stated a five-day conference in Monaco with over 300 delegates from 80 members states. The meeting convenes once every five years. The South Korean delegate once again has pushed to add the name “East Sea” for the waters separating the Koran Peninsula and Japan. In early 1920s, Imperial Japanese government successfully registered the official name with the IHO as “Sea of Japan;” the term Sea of Japan became widely adopted globally. According to the Japanese media no one except the US supports Japan’s position keeping the name of Sea of Japan (News Searchina. 26 April 2012). “As the meeting is held only once every five years, the power of the board of the committee is relatively strong,” a Foreign Ministry official said on condition of anonymity (Korean Herald 1 May 2012).”

Source: IHC Monaco meeting (access date: 17 August 2012).

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands-XIV/Third-Class Politicians Only Provide Third-Rate Policy-XXIII

People are wondering if Japan has its own foreign policy. Unfortunately, no one knows the answer. One of the major reasons is that Japan system is not opaque, and the Japanese system is extremely difficult to understand (even for Japanese citizens). The system is based upon who you know, how you know, what you know etc. You have to make connections to be successful in the Japanese system. Japanese politics is basically controlled by bureaucrats who passed the civil service examination to get into ministries. The Japanese politicians do not have much capability anyway; they have to rely heavily on bureaucrats. When bureaucrats make “bad” recommendations or suggestions to politicians, Japanese foreign policy gets into trouble. The “August 15 landing of Chinese on the Diaoyu Islands” shows the downfalls of the Japanese system.

When the DPJ took power in September 2009, the Japanese politics should have changed because the manifesto of DPJ is to get rid of bureaucratic power in the Japanese system. After Hatoyama Yukio was forced to resign (by the United States) because he launched his “East Asian Community,” Prime Minister Kan Naoto fundamentally reversed the course (controlling by the bureaucrats) laid down by the LDP, which controlled Japan for over half a century.

On 7 September 2010 after the Chinese fishing trawler collision incident in the East China Sea occurred, Kan took “old” style political approach by listening to soi-disant “experts.” As a result, Prime Minister Kan made a misjudgment in addressing the issue by putting the Chinese fishing boat captain in prison. As a result, China and Japan was almost went to “war” until Japan released the Chinese captain.

Sadly, this time when the Chinese nationalists were deported to China, almost all Japanese newspapers have expressed their dissatisfaction with the Noda regime’s decision. Unfortunately, no newspaper realized that they are also the problem because they have promoted and created so many “experts” in Japan. Unfortunately, no politician, no newspaper, in Japan is willing to taking any responsibility.

Source: The Japanese Nationalists landed at the islets. WSJ Japan edition (access date: 22 August 212).

Source: The Chinese Nationalists in Hong Kong.  Global Times (19 August 2012).

Monday, August 20, 2012

Japanese Nationalists Landed-I/The Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands-XIII

After deporting Chinese nationals by sea after landing at the Diaoyu Islands, about 10 Japanese nationalists or right-wings landed at the Diaoyu Islands before the Chinese even arrived home. Without any permission from the government, the right-wing politicians successfully landed at the islands. The Chief Cabinet spokesman Fujimura Osamu called the landing regrettable (Washington Post 19 August 2012). In China, over 25 cities had massive anti-Japanese demonstration; some Chinese police cars which are made in Japan have been destroyed by the radical Chinese. “Defend the Diaoyu Islands to the death,” one banner wrote. Another stated, “Even if China is covered with graves, we must kill all Japanese” (New York Times, 19 August 2012). The recent “struggle” between China and Japan is further point that the Sino-Japanese collision in the East China is unavoidable. If the Japanese government dispatched its SDF in the Diaoyu Islands in the future, don’t expect the PLA to do nothing. The bottom line is China has been a more democratic system than ever before in Chinese history; therefore, Chinese public opinions cannot be ignored by leaders in Beijing, no matter who will be the next “emperor” in China.

Source: New York Times (access date: 19 August 2012).

Source: (access date: 18 August 2012).

Saturday, August 18, 2012

The Chinese Landed-III/The Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands-XII/The 2012 Crisis-II

As indicating in my blog since last year, the year 2012 will be a difficult year for many countries throughout the world (see the 2012 Crisis-I). The geopolitics in East Asia will reach a turning point in the 2012 crisis. Here we are! On August 15, the Chinese landed at the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands shortly after the South Korean President landing at the Dokdo Islands, inspiring the Chinese nationalists. August 15 is a special day for many people in the Asian region; it is the day that the Japanese emperor announced the unconditional surrender, ending Japanese aggression in the Second World War. However, in Japan today all, including the media and the government, do not refer to this day as “haisen [losing war],” but rather, “shusen [ending war].” The Japanese are very good at playing with words, and distorting the facts of the WWII. Can Japan like Germany ever face historical facts sincerely and seriously?

Source: Tokyo Shimbun (access date: 15 August 2012)

Friday, August 17, 2012

The Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands-XI/The Chinese Landed-II

Since the DPJ took power in Japan, Japanese politicians have misread and miscalculate international geopolitics. On 7 September 2010, in response to the Chinese fishing trawler collision incident in the East China Sea, Prime Minister Kan Naoto totally denied the existence of the territorial border issue with China. In doing so, Japan violated the bottom line of the unspoken Sino-Japanese “acquiescent” agreement, surprising not only leaders of Beijing, but also leaders of Korea and Russia. Immediately on November 1, 2010 in response to the fishing boat accident with China, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev took an unprecedented trip to the Northern Territories. Prime Minister Kan called the trip “unacceptable.” Even though Tokyo summoned its ambassador from Russia, the Russians did not any attention to the Japanese reaction. In July 2012, once again prime minister Medvedev visited the territorial disputed territories. On August 10, 2012, South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak made his unprecedented visit to Dokdo. In response, as was the case with Russia, Tokyo recalled its ambassador Muto Masatoshi from Seoul, but nothing has changed. Both Russian and South Korean actions were almost identical (Korean Times 15 August 2012). Tokyo can easily break “unspoken” agreements with anyone; both the Russian and Korean leaders were forced to visit these disputed territories. In addition, these events inspired Chinese nationalists to land on the Diaoyu Islands on August 15. By now, the Japanese Foreign Minsiter Gemba Koichiro has referred the Dokdo case to the ICJ. As Australian diplomat Gregory Clark states, “Japan has no legal ground for gaining the South Kuril Islands because it is clear that at San Francisco in 1951 it signed away all right and claim to those two islands. . . . The only basis for a claim would be that Japan was forced to do that signing, and in that case it would have to blame the United States, which it does not want to do (Korean Times 15 August 2012).”

The fact of the matter is that Japan does not have any legal right to claim any territories (such as Northern territories, Dokdo, and Diaoyu) without the “San Francisco System.” Basically, Japan’s claim is flawed! Without San Francisco Peace Treaty, the only international treaties: Cairo Declaration and Potsdam Declaration made Japan’s case worse. That is, Japan does not any rights to claim anything except “Japanese sovereignty shall be limited to the islands of Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, Shikoku, and such minor islands as we [the Chinese, the Russian, and the American] determine (Potsdam Declaration, Article 8).” Even Liuqiu/Ryukyu Islands (today’s Okinawa) was not included the above list.

Source: Huanqiu Times (access date: 15 August 2012).

Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Chinese Landed-I/The Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands-X

When the Japanese government arrested 14 Chinese including two journalists: Jiang Xiaofeng and Liang Peijing from the Phoenix TV in Hong Kong, the Chinese government, along with Taiwan and Hong Kong governments, asked for the unconditional release of all Chinese. For the first time since 2004, Chinese once against successfully landed at the Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea. The Japanese right-wings including the Governor of Tokyo wanted to a trial. Chinese nationalists, on the other hand, want the Chinese military to do something. What will the Japanese government do? Probably, Japan will release them very soon regardless of the Japanese right-wings’ wishes. The reason will be the next blog tomorrow.

Source: Huanqiu Times (access date: 16 August 2012).

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

President Lee Myung-Bak Landed-I/The Dokdo/Takeshima-I

In an unprecedented move, the South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak visited Dokdo, which Japan calls Takeshima, claiming its sovereignty on August 10, 2012. “Dokdo is genuinely our territory,” said Lee (Washington Post 11 August 2012).The Noda regime was shocked; it recalled its ambassador back to Tokyo in order to protest Lee’s action. As Lee’s spokeswoman states, “The Japanese government doesn’t have the power to tell him to go or not, because it’s definitely Korean territory (Financial Times 10 August 2012).” By now, the Japanese right-wings are getting mad, and what can they do? The Tokyo metropolitan government should collect money again to buy Dokdo. At the same, Lee’s action has inspired Chinese nationalists who have tried to land on the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands.  All of these territory disputes, as well as the dispute over the Northern territory with Russia are the result of “landmines” created in the East Asian region by the United States when the San Francisco Peace Treaty was signed in the 1950s.
Source: Reuters News (access date: 15 August 2012).

Source: Korean swimmers landed at the Dokdo. Huanqiu Times (access date: 15 August 2012).

Saturday, August 11, 2012

CNN News: Anti-Nuclear Movement in Japan

Source: CNN News (access date: August 11, 2012)

Friday, August 10, 2012

Anti-Nuclear Movement in Japan: In the Japanese Diet-XVII

The Japanese "Jasmine Revolution"-VI on August 10, 2012
Source: JNN News (access date: August 10, 2012)

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Anti-Nuclear Movement in Japan: In the Japanese Diet-XVI

The Japanese "Jasmine Revolution"-V on July 27, 2012
Source: (access date: 6 August 2012)