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)

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Japan vs. China: The Status of Okinawa in the Cairo Conference/The Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands-XXVIII

The movie, Hyde Park on Hudson, starring by Bill Murray and Laura Linney, is good one.  It shows the human side of President Roosevelt during the war times.  Everyone should see the movie. Also President Roosevelt is the person who finished (in the beginning of the ending) World War II.

Recently, geopolitics in the East Asian Region is getting complicated. On May 8, 2013, a mouthpiece of the CCP, People’s Daily, published an article, questioning sovereignty of Okinawa by two Chinese scholars. On the following day, a Japanese spokesman, Suga Yoshihide, protested Beijing’s claim by saying Okinawa is “unquestionably Japan’s territory historically and internationally (BBC News, May 9, 2013).” As soon as the Japanese government complained about Okinawa’s article, the Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, stated, “China does not accept Japan’s representation or protest. The publishing of the bylined article demonstrates the attention paid to and the research of the Diaoyu Islands and related historical issues (Xinhua News, May 9, 2013).”

Source: Jiji Press (Access date: May 15, 2013).

Based on the research of historical documents, President Roosevelt, along with Marshall Stalin, recognized that the Liuqiu (Okinawa) was a part of the Chinese territory. For instance, on January 22, 1944 of the post-Cairo conference, at the 36th meeting of the Pacific War Council, which chaired by President Roosevelt in the White House, both Roosevelt and Stalin are “in complete agreement that they (Liuqiu islets) belong to China and should be returned to her (China) (emphasis added).” Among the council members, ambassadors and representatives from the U.K., Netherlands, Canada, Philippine, New Zealand, and Australia attended the meeting. The Chinese Ambassador, Dr. Wei Tao-ming, also joined the Pacific War Council meeting. The major discussions were the territorial issues including the Kurile islets (the Northern territories between Japan and Russia), Manchuria, and others. The Liuqiu Islands was one of major agenda items in the meeting (details in my forthcoming book).

 Source: Leaders from China, the US, and the USSR in Cairo, PBS (Access date: 19 May 013).

If both the U.S.  and the U.S.S.R. governments, the winners of the World War II, recognized that the Liuqiu Islands were parts of the Chinese territory, the Diaoyu Islands would not be an issue between Japan and China at all. In other words, Japan might have difficulty claiming any sovereign right of the Diaoyu Islands; history probably is not on Japan’s side.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The 3rd-Rate Journalist in Japan-IV/Third-Class Politicians Only Provide Third-Rate Policy-XXIII

Before Abe Shinzo made his trip to Moscow, almost all Japanese media only focused on one Russian related issue – the northern territorial dispute. As many expected, Russian president Vladimir Putin did not make any compromise regarding the territorial border from their perspective. A Japanese journalist (probably right-wing anyway) asked a provocative question, based on an article which he repeated: “Why is Russia developing the northern territories?” Putin displeased replied: “You conscientiously read out questions from a paper. I would ask you to convey the following to those who dictated it to you. It was not we who created this problem, which we inherited from the past, 100 years ago. We sincerely wish to resolve it on terms acceptable to both countries. If you want to help us, then this is possible: It is necessary to create conditions of a benevolent attitude towards each other and trust, but if you want to hinder us – which is also possible—you can continue asking tough direct questions, to which you will receive equally tough direct answers. How could it be otherwise (BBC News 1 May 2013; Interfax News Agency, 30 April 2013)?” 

Interestingly, almost no Japanese media reported Putin’s whole answer. Why? Both right-wing politicians and right-wing media in Japan failed to get concessions from the Russians regarding the territorial issue.

Source: Japan Times (Access date: 1 May 2013).