: Classifieds : MyJU :
Stories: News
Browse News Stories: « Previous Story | Next Story »

Politicians visit Senkakus; stir Chinese anger

Date Posted: 2012-01-19

Okinawan politicians have visited the disputed Senkaku islands in the far southern reaches of the prefecture, and Japan’s preparing a series of name changes for islands only a few weeks from now, and both actions promise to further anger China.

Tensions are already high in the wake of a visit to the islands by four members of Ishigaki’s Municipal Assembly. Three traveled aboard a Japanese Coast Guard patrol vessel, landing on Uotsuri Island about 9:30 a.m., while the fourth went ashore less than a half-hour later. Chinese were quick to react, first with activists who protested, and later by formal government protest.

China calls the islands Diaoyu, while Japan claims the islands under the name Senkakus. China continues to insist “China’s determination to safeguard its sovereignty of the Diaoyu islands is unswerving.” China’s foreign ministry has sent a diplomatic envoy to the Japanese Embassy in Beijing to complain.

Meanwhile, another move that could reignite territorial tensions is only weeks away, when four remote, anonymous islets surrounding the disputed group of East China Sea islands known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China will be getting a name by the end of March. The islands are slated for Japanese names, a move sure to rile the Chinese.

A total of 39 uninhabited islands will be given names in an effort to strengthen the outer boundaries of Japan’s “exclusive economic zone,” allowing the country to claim rights to any natural resources and control marine scientific research. Japanese spokesman Osamu Fujimura says the 39 are scattered all around Japan’s main archipelago Four small islands near the spot where a Chinese fishing vessel and Japanese Coast Guard patrol boats were involved in a maritime collision incident in 2010 are at the heart of the controversy. The Cabinet’s Oceanic Policy department says the new names will not alter any maritime perimeters, and adds the initiative is part of an ongoing effort to manage the various islands that fall within Japan’s EEZ. The Japanese foreign ministry and Cabinet Office said they are unaware whether China has named the islands.

Some 99 islands make up Japan’s EEZ, and it took a recent survey to discover that 49 of those were nameless. Ten were assigned names last year, while the remaining 39 will be named before the end of March, with the new names assigned to Japanese maps, at a minimum. Island names were an issue following the 2010 incidents, and Google was charged with removing Chinese names for the islands from Google Maps. Now, both names are used on the maps.

Browse News Stories: « Previous Story | Next Story »

weather currency health and beauty restaurants Yellowpages JU Blog

OkistyleOkistyleJU Facebook

Go to advertising PDF?||?|o?L?qAE?|?}?OA?N?ga`OkiStyle?A??q?qM?oeu^?I`??N?gX?<eth>?<ETH>?ni^?IWanted!!Golden Kings ScheduleOkiNightSeeker