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Governor, lawmakers want SDF in the Senkaku islands

Date Posted: 2010-09-30

There’s unanimity among politicians and the public that the Senkaku Island must be defended as Japanese territory, and Okinawa’s governor and ruling party lawmakers say the solution is to assign the Self Defense Forces to deal with it.

Okinawa’s governor, Hirokazu Nakaima, contends there is no question about the islands belonging to Okinawa Prefecture, and wants action taken to protect the islands and the Japanese fishermen who work the waters surrounding the islands in the East China Sea.

A group of 12 Democratic Party of Japan lawmakers, including House of Representatives member Jin Matsubara, want Japan Self Defense Forces posted to the Senkaku Islands. They also want Japan to think about setting up a fisheries base on the islands, and investigate China’s activities at a gas field near the islands.

Matsubara, who’s criticized the Naha District Public Prosecutors Office for releasing the Chinese fishing boat captain that started the whole controversy, is also recommending Japan release all video recordings of the collisions between the Chinese vessel and the two Japan Coast Guard patrol boats. Matsubara has signatures of 73 DPJ lawmakers on the document blasting the Naha Prosecutors Office.

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