Recently, Abe Shinzo has been lucky--the LDP won the Tokyo metropolitan election in June and the upper house election in July. However, he is also unlucky, many heavyweight or influential politicians have begun to speak out regarding the Diaoyu Islands.
Sources: NNN (Access date: July 30, 2013).
On June 27, Hatoyama Yukio, the former prime minister, expressed his understanding that China believed that the Diaoyu Islands were among territories Japan promised to return after World War II. He made the comments during a public event attended by former Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Fu Ying, who now chairs the NPC Foreign Affairs Committee (Jiji Press June 27, 2013). “I think we should learn from the wisdom of Chinese Primer Zhou Enlai and Japanese Prime Minister Tanaka Kakuei who reached a verbal agreement to put the issue aside and leave it to future generations to decide,” Hatoyama said at the Third Global Think Tank Summit in China (BBC June 29, 2013).
Sources: Yahoo News (Access date: August 1., 2013).
By now, Abe had begun to calculate how much he was willing to compromise with Beijing or how much he will use his hawkish style of doctrine to provoke the Chinese leaders before he could have Sino-Japanese summit meeting.