Book Authored (ISBN-10: 0824821599)

Book Authored (ISBN-10: 0824821599)
Sovereign Rights and Territorial Space in Sino-Japanese Relations: Irredentism and the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands (ISBN-10: 0824824938)

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)

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