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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Senkaku islands and Yahoo

1. No other countries but Japan had claimed the islands until 1970.
2. From 1969-70 there was a research on Japan sea conducted by UN.
3. Researchers found there was approximately 100 billion barrel of oil, which is almost equivalent of the estimated amount of oil Iraq possesses.
4. In 1971, China and Taiwan started claiming the islands.

Conclusion:
Such a bad timing. No wonder people think they started claiming the islands because of the abundant oil.



I repeatedly tried to post the below on Yahoo News in vain.
My posting somehow woouldn't be accepted.
Can anyone explain the reason?
Yahoo, please do not make me think there's possibility that an American company deny freedom of thought and speech.

The island indisputably belongs to Japan.
China had never claimed the island at least for more than a century.
All of a sudden the country started claiming the island probably because there's abundant oil and methan hydrade down at the bottom of Japan sea.   (Methan hydrade was found lately. It is a kind of frozen gas usable instead of oil and natural gas)
Are you guys aware of what is going on in the far east?
It could be a turning point of this world.
It was absurd that Japan made concession just after Maehara, the Foreign Minister guaranteed America's protection over the islands.
Japanese people see concession as good virtue, but its mere abandment of national interest considering the international standard.
Let the virtue prosper inside country, I see no problem in it.
But please, please do not apply it to international issues.
The majority of countries make the most of it, and continue to exploit and devour Japan to death.

I cannot but cherish the tiny country surrounded by quasi-antagonistic countries.

4 comments:

  1. I had no idea about the petroleum reserves in the area, it makes perfect sense to me, now that China has also claimed the entire South China sea.

    I do not have the same level of understand as I'm sure most Japanese do about the islands (so please correct me if i'm wrong), but my view is that before the Islands became part of Japan, it was known as the Kingdom of Ryukyu. In the early 1600s disputes broke out between China, Korea, Ryukyu, and Japan that eventualy ended in Japan defeating them in battle.

    Japan treated Ryukyu much better than China, who demanded vast amounts of treasure and men for it;s army in exchange for protection, and Ryukyu eventualy warmed to Japan and asked for their protection instead.

    This continued until the late 1800s when the population of the Senkaku Islands (Ryukyu) asked to be formally incorporated into Japan and it's people made citizens, which eventualy happened in 1895.

    This enraged China who always saw the Islands as a vassal state (even though they never administered the islands) and caused Sino-Japanese relations to strain considerably, and was one of the reasons war broke out later.

    In 1945 after the war, the Islands where placed under US control in accordance to the occupation agreement. China made no objections, and did not claim the territory as their own at this time, when it was making considerable territorial claims across Asia.

    The Islands continued to be administered and occupied by the US until in 1972 when it was formerly handed back to Japan, as relations between the US and Japan vastly improved and the situation finally calmed down after the war(acually, i think it could have been done sooner, i don't think many people felt animosity toward Japan after the late 1950s, early 1960s)

    In 1971 PRC claimed the islands as part of their territory, as ROC had done earlier in 1970. Now i learn there was economical advantage in holding the Islands because of the vast energy deposits that came with it, and their claims now make sense.

    Clearly ROC and PRC had no interest in owning the Islands before 1970, while Japan owned the Islands long before they where placed under our care after the war. The islands indisputably belong to Japan, and i now understand the only reason China wants them is because they want the resources that come with it.

    Japan should not cede anything to China, Japan must set an example for Asia and stand up against China's growing territorial claims. They must be strong for the sake of others. Japan has allowed China to extract resources from Japan's EEZ (exclusive economic zone) in hopes of easing tensions, but China continues to act aggressively toward Japan and seems to have no interest in compromise.

    They sent their ships to ram Japanese patrol ships, and then made absurd demands of Japan when they took the boat's captain into police custody.

    Ah I'm sorry i got a bit emotional, Japan is a such great country and i hate to see China trying to bully them and exploit their kindness. They have messed with us many times over the years too, but they treat Japan especially bad.

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  3. [the Islands became part of Japan, it was known as the Kingdom of Ryukyu. In the early 1600s disputes broke out between China, Korea, Ryukyu, and Japan that eventualy ended in Japan defeating them in battle.]

    I think you are talking about Okinawa and islands near Okinawa. Senkaku islands were uninhabited at this time.

    [Japan treated Ryukyu much better than China, who demanded vast amounts of treasure and men for it;s army in exchange for protection, and Ryukyu eventualy warmed to Japan and asked for their protection instead.]

    Sorry, I'm not really sure about this. Since I don't wanna be assertive without enough knowledge, let me just say "Both Japan and China demanded tribute from Ryukyu."

    [This continued until the late 1800s when the population of the Senkaku Islands (Ryukyu) asked to be formally incorporated into Japan and it's people made citizens, which eventualy happened in 1895.]

    As I said, senkaku islands were uninhabited at this time. After the long-term research on the islands, Japan finally found that it hadn't belonged to any country. Then Japan officially claimed the islands.

    [This enraged China who always saw the Islands as a vassal state (even though they never administered the islands) and caused Sino-Japanese relations to strain considerably, and was one of the reasons war broke out later.]

    China at that time didn't, at least officially, claim the islands. The war between China and Japan had nothing to do with Senkaku islands.

    [Japan should not cede anything to China, Japan must set an example for Asia and stand up against China's growing territorial claims. They must be strong for the sake of others.]

    I strongly agree with you.

    Please visit this webpage written by Ministry of Foreign affairs of Japan for brief explanation. http://www.mofa.go.jp/region/asia-paci/senkaku/senkaku.html
    It explains the Basic View on the Sovereignty over the Senkaku Islands.

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  4. Ah ok, I'm glad you corrected me. I had always thought the Sekaku islands belonged with the Okinawa chain, because i heard China also demanded Okinawa as part of Senkaku.

    From what you explained to me however, i think it only enhances Japan's claims, and diminishes China's claims.

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