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)

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Unilateral Decisions by Japan-I/The Dokdo/Takeshima-III/Diaoyu/Senkaku-XVI

On 24 August, 2012, the Lower House passed two resolutions. The resolutions: (1) denounced President Lee`s landing at the Dokdo Islands and Lee’s statement “disrespecting” the Japanese emperor; and (2) denounced the Chinese nationalists from Hong Kong who landed at the Diaoyu Islands (Jiji Press 24 August 2012). Subsequently, Prime Minister Noda provided a live press conference regarding these issues which is unusual in Japan. Regarding the Dokdo issue, Noda stated, Seoul “illegally” occupied the islands, and Japan does not have territorial issue with China regarding to the Diaoyu Islands (Kyodo News 24 August 2012). Later, the Upper House passed the similar resolution, too. As expected, the Korean government and the Chinese government (both mainland and Taiwan) rejected the resolution and Noda’s statement completely. By September 10, Noda’s cabinet officially announced to “purchase” the Diaoyu Islands for 2.05 billion yen (Jiji News 10 September 2012). As Kyodo News stated on August 25, Tokyo can not retreat and play chicken now. In the end, who is the “chicken” between China, Japan, and Korea? The answer can be found in the Cairo Declaration and Potsdam Declaration. The issues between Japan and China have become very serious; the war may be imminent. 
Source: Kyodo News (access date: 10 September 2012).

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