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Diaoyu Islands

The Diaoyu Islands are a group of uninhabited islands located roughly due east of mainland China, northeast of Taiwan, west of Okinawa Island, and north of the southwestern end of the Ryukyu Islands. They are currently controlled by Japan, which calls them Senkaku Islands. Both China and Taiwan claim sovereignty over the islands. 

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TERRITORIAL DISPUTES

Japanese YouTube videos on disputed isle claims anger Beijing, Seoul

As Tokyo plans large-scale war games, China and South Korea react furiously to YouTube clips spelling out claims to disputed islands

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 24 October, 2013, 10:42pm
UPDATED : Friday, 25 October, 2013, 3:30am

Japan's foreign ministry has prompted outrage in Beijing and Seoul by setting up a YouTube channel devoted to bolstering Tokyo's claim of ownership of two disputed island groups.

So far, the channel includes two 90-second videos that use historical photographs and documents that purport to prove Japan's sovereignty over the two archipelagos, which are the focus of territorial rows with China and South Korea.

They were posted last week, just ahead of huge Japanese wargames beginning next week that are aimed at boosting Japan's ability to protect remote islands. Destroyers, fighter jets and 34,000 troops are to take part in the exercise. The air-sea-land drill from November 1-18 will involve amphibious landings on the uninhabited atoll of Okidaitojima, 400 kilometres southeast of the main Okinawan island, a defence ministry official said.

The videos, which represent Japan's latest public relations volley on the issue, are currently only in Japanese, but the ministry plans to provide versions in 10 other languages, including Chinese, Korean and English.

The territories in question are the Diaoyu Islands, which Japan controls and calls the Senkakus; and Takeshima, which South Korea controls and calls the Dokdo Islands.

"We are also preparing three other short movies on the Senkaku islands and one on the issue of Takeshima," a ministry spokesman said. "The new ones will be just 30 seconds in length and we hope they will be watched by smartphone and tablet users."

The ministry has earmarked 120 million yen (HK$9.5 million) this financial year for the films and creating the YouTube channel, he added. "It is important that the international community obtain correct understanding over situations surrounding Japan, including territories," he said.

China and South Korea reacted angrily to the move. In Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying repeated the assertion that the South China Sea islands are Chinese.

We strongly urge the Japanese side to correct its attitude, stop all provocative words and actions and make concrete efforts for the proper management and resolution of the question of the Diaoyu Islands
China's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying

"Whatever propaganda tools Japan employs to support its illegal claim, it will not change the fact that the Diaoyu Islands belong to China," she said.

"We strongly urge the Japanese side to correct its attitude, stop all provocative words and actions and make concrete efforts for the proper management and resolution of the question of the Diaoyu Islands."

South Korea lodged a formal protest over the Dokdo video, calling in a senior Japanese embassy official to register disapproval yesterday.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Cho Tai-young said the protest noted the Japanese government's attempt "to undermine our sovereignty over Dokdo by spreading groundless claims over the internet".

Japan's latest move, officials say, is in part a reaction to advertising efforts by China. Two-page colour ads saying "Diaoyu Islands belong to China" appeared in The New York Times and the The Washington Post last year.

The Japanese military's live-fire exercises will likely add to the tensions, although Okidaitojima is a considerable distance from the Diaoyus/Senkakus.

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justice_first
Thanks to Anthony1223 for relating, in meticulous fashion, the true history of the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands.
What we all need is the true history of these islands so that the Japanese cannot simply manufacture their version of history, and fool the world. They would be too naive if they really think so. The world will get to the truth about this dispute, which Japan is still denying that there is any dispute with China. How much can you trust those people who maintain that there is no dispute?
Yes, now it is a matter of trust. When the right wing Japanese are putting up their video to tell to the world lies which they think they can get away with, it is high noon to get to the truth of the matter. The US should back away from meddling in this dispute which it started in the first place. It was this US exceptionalism and hegemonic dictatorial dominance after 1945, in the midst of a cold war with the Soviet, in the very fabric of an "unjust" and confusing San Francisco Treaty, that the issue was "mined". What ever leadership that the US thinks it still has is now in serious question because of its open backing to Japan. The US is too proud to admit its mistake, not to mention the mistake of the pivot to Asia. When you surround China with forces, it is natural for China to build up its forces to protect itself from attacks.
Abe's direction is the wrong way. It will only lead to wars with its neighbors, all of them.
Aaaaaughibbrgubugbugrguburgle@gmail.com
What's the use? They will soon set up high tech campsites prebuilt in Japan that can be assembled very quickly and I bet there will be FEMALE SDF operatives embedded there - probably no Comfort Women despite Japan's claim that they are a necessity.
I don't know what China will do but I know from a recent article about Apple's Japanese suppliers in globalpost that Japan is VERY vulnerable to a shopping boycott - that's all we have to do - turn off the lights on their business - no matter how many homes are invaded and families devoured by their goblins, Japan will never live the High Life of the 1980s again.
The Diao Yu Islands are located beneath the Fukushima radiation drift - I don't know if we want to interfere with Japan's future embellishments of their squatter's rights. It doesn't make sense that there are repeated quakes like the one today in that same part of whatever fault is the culprit UNLESS Japan was secretly frakking in that spot and it will never get better in that area.
VicSexton
Thanks Tony
Anthony1223
China will have to protect the Diaoyu islands from Japan's military invasion by ALL MEANS INCLUDING MILITARILY. U.S. know very well that Diaoyu islands belong to China . Because of cold war between communism and capitalism US gave ONLY THE ADMINISTRATION POWER of Diaoyu islands to Japan and DID NOT RETURN DIAOYU ISLANDS when Okinawa were returned to Japan in 1972.
So US does not take side in territory dispute is already taken side with Japan because US know very well the true history of the Diaoyu islands.
In case of Diaoyu island U.S. intentionally left behind territory dispute Between China and Japan so that U.S. can exploit from conflicts for their best interest,politically,economically and militarily.
US has been using his military might and bullying any country with no reason as in invasion of Iraq with no evidence of weapon of mass destruction.
Almighty Uncle Sam with no law and justice but ONLY INTEREST in mind is THE ROOT CAUSE OF ALL TENSIONS ,CONFLICTS AND WARS.
China is forced to build up its military power just to protect his country and its interests.
God bless China and peace loving people of the world.
Anthony1223
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"Japan 'stole'the islands during the Sino-Japanese war and the government did not announce the move neither to Japanese people nor the international community," the professor said.
Tadayoshi also said that the Japanese government only conducted a six-hour survey in October 1894 over the islands, rather than what the Foreign Ministry claimed in its statement that from 1885, surveys of the islands "had been thoroughly conducted by the Government of Japan through the agencies of Okinawa Prefecture and by way of other methods."
The professor said that in an attempt to allege there are no territorial disputes between Japan and China over the islands, the ministry declassified historical references but withheld some facts concerning the consensus reached by the two countries' leaders in the 1970s.
Tadayoshi also said that the findings about Nishimura is something new and quite newsworthy but no Japanese newspapers wrote any stories about it. "They used silence to 'kill'dissent, " he added.
"My study is on the basis of materials unveiled by the Japanese side and I believe that no one can refute my conclusion by using existed references. If new documents were released or found, I would like to review my points," the professor said.
Tadayoshi also hoped that Japan and China could communicate over the issue and map out rules to prevent unexpected accidents from occurring near the disputed islands. "China has made its own efforts towards reaching the goal," .
Anthony1223
TOKYO, July 18
A Japanese scholar has said that the disputed islands between Japan and China are not Japanese inherent territories and he questioned statements by the Japanese Foreign Ministry on the disputed issue through his recent researches.
Murata Tadayoshi, honorary professor at Japan's Yokohama National University, concluded in "The Origin of Japan-China Territorial Disputes," his new book based on documents released by the Japanese government, that the disputed islands are not a part of Ryukyu, which was occupied by Japan in 1879 and changed its name to Okinawa.
He said that based on his research, he found that then Okinawa Governor Sutezou Nishimura was reluctant to follow then Home Minister Aritomo Yamagata's order to erect territorial markers on the islands as the governor knew the relations between the islets and China.
"In 1885, Nishimura suggested the Japanese government not to set indications on the islands because he actually acknowledged the relations between the islets and China and he replied to Yamagata that he was worried about the marker erecting," said Tadayoshi, adding Yamagata finally suspended his order.
"In fact, the Japanese government rejected the demands of incorporating the islands raised by other Okinawa governors in the 1890s," Tadayoshi said, "However, the thing changed in 1894 when Japan waged the Sino-Japanese War and Japan believed that it will defeat China."
To be continue
Anthony1223
The main points of Cairo Declaration were:
The Allies are not fighting Japan for their own territorial expansion.
The Allies are resolved to bring unrelenting military pressure against Japan until it agrees to unconditional surrender.
Japan shall be stripped of all islands she has seized or occupied in the Pacific since the beginning of World War I in 1914.( SINCE THE BEGINNING OF WORLD WAR 1 IN 1914. )
All the territories Japan has taken from China such as Manchuria (Dongbei), Formosa (Taiwan), and the Pescadores (Penghu), shall be restored to the Republic of China.
The Allies are determined that Korea shall become free and independent.
Japan will also be expelled from all other territories which she has taken by violence and greed.
Anthony1223

Continue from Terms of the Declaration
"Japan shall be permitted to maintain such industries as will sustain her economy and permit the exaction of just reparations in kind, but not those which would enable her to rearm for war. To this end, access to, as distinguished from control of, raw materials shall be permitted. Eventual Japanese participation in world trade relations shall be permitted."
"The occupying forces of the Allies shall be withdrawn from Japan as soon as these objectives have been accomplished and there has been established, in accordance with the freely expressed will of the Japanese people, a peacefully inclined and responsible government."
The only mention of "unconditional surrender" came at the end of the declaration:[1]
"We call upon the government of Japan to proclaim now the unconditional surrender of all Japanese armed forces, and to provide proper and adequate assurances of their good faith in such action. The alternative for Japan is prompt and utter destruction."[1]
Anthony1223
Terms of the Declaration
On July 26, the United States, Britain and China released the Potsdam Declaration announcing the terms for Japan's surrender, with the warning, "We will not deviate from them. There are no alternatives. We shall brook no delay." For Japan, the terms of the declaration specified:[1]
the elimination "for all time [of] the authority and influence of those who have deceived and misled the people of Japan into embarking on world conquest"
the occupation of "points in Japanese territory to be designated by the Allies"
"Japanese sovereignty shall be limited to the islands of Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, Shikoku and such minor islands as we determine." As had been announced in the Cairo Declaration in 1943.[3]
"The Japanese military forces shall be completely disarmed"
"stern justice shall be meted out to all war criminals, including those who have visited cruelties upon our prisoners"
On the other hand, the declaration offered that:[1]
"We do not intend that the Japanese shall be enslaved as a race or destroyed as a nation, ... The Japanese Government shall remove all obstacles to the revival and strengthening of democratic tendencies among the Japanese people. Freedom of speech, of religion, and of thought, as well as respect for the fundamental human rights shall be established."
TO BE CONTINUE
Anthony1223
The Japanese Instrument of Surrender clearly stated : "We, acting by command of and on behalf of the Emperor of Japan, the Japanese Government and the Japanese Imperial General Headquarters, hereby accept the provisions in the declaration issued by the heads of the Governments of the United States, China, and Great Britain 26 July 1945 at Potsdam ..... We hereby undertake for the Emperor, the Japanese Government, and their successors to carry out the provisions of the Potsdam Declaration in good faith ....."

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