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Diplomacy, No.12  Nov. 8, 2012

Opinion Poll: View of People in Japan on Sovereignty of Senkaku Islands

The survey asked people in Japan for their opinions on the recent nationalization by the government of Japan of three islets among the Senkaku Islands. The most common answer, provided by 36.8% of respondents, was that they ”do not appreciate” the government’s action, while 22.6% said they ”appreciate” the action. However, the poll also indicates that about half of the respondents support the government’s action to some extent when including the answer that they ”do not appreciate the action but think it was inevitable,” which was given by 27.1%. The survey also asked whether the issue of the Senkaku Islands can be solved through bilateral negotiations between Japan and China.... [Read more]

Diplomacy, No.12  Nov. 7, 2012

(UPDATED) Senkaku Islands and Japan's Territorial Rights

Photo : Ozaki Shigeyoshi

“Japan has established its territorial rights over the Senkaku Islands through deeds conducted up until its Cabinet decision in 1895, a series of actions after 1895, and the absence of protests by China and other countries for a long period of time, and this status has remained unchanged since the end of World War II.” Preface: Legal Theory of Occupation in International Law In May 1969, the United Nations Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East (ECAFE) released a survey report indicating the possible existence of abundant crude oil and natural gas resources in the waters surrounding the Senkaku Islands.... [Read more]

Diplomacy, No.12  Nov. 5, 2012

Japan To Improve Relations With China Through Tenacious Dialogue

Photo : Okada Katsuya

I, as Deputy Prime Minister, will devote myself to create an environment in which Japan and China maintain calm communication in good spirits, thereby further deepening the “Mutually Beneficial Relationship Based on Common Strategic Interests” as the leaders of the two countries have agreed upon to date, and expanding exchanges between the two peoples. Question 1: Confrontation between Japan and China has intensified after China reacted sharply to Japan’s purchase and possession of the Senkaku Islands. What prompted the Japanese government to acquire the Senkaku Islands at this... [Read more]