What’s the convoluted story here on the Senkaku Islands (Diaoyu Island is one of the islands), does anyone really know? It just doesn’t happen by accident that the Senkaku Islands purchased by the Japanese government from a private Japanese citizen named Kunioki Kurihara in 1972 were suddenly sold without knowing China would react. A lot has happened since 1972: both China and Japan are militarizing. How did the Kurihara family become the purported “owners” of the Senkaku Islands (three in total) in the first place? The islands were China’s inherent territory since very old times, I mean, very ancient times, like all the way back to the 14th century.
However, the government of the Qing Dynasty “ceded Taiwan and its affiliated islands to Japan in 1895”, after China’s defeat in the First Sino-Japanese War, which was a war basically for control of Korea (bet the Koreans really enjoyed that?). Imagine that, you have your own language, culture and customs, and two essentially alien attackers come into your country, fuck everything up, assassinate their princess the Empress Myeongseong, kill off a bunch of people who oppose the attackers, walk off with your loot and women and you have no say in the matter?
Alright, the previously Chinese-owned islands called the Diaoyu Islands, cede the islands to Japan because China lost a war with Japan. So, do we have documents here or an official treaty agreed upon and signed by parties from both China and Japan? In the same year 1895, Japan’s Meiji Government “illegally put the Diaoyu Islands under its administration”, saying “the Qing government did not have actual control over them.” Well shit, if the Meiji government illegally put the Diaoyu Islands (Senkaku Islands) under its administration, what the hell was ceded then after the First Sino-Japanese War?
Then as the officially history goes, the Japanese government “illegally lent the Diaoyu Islands to the Japanese entrepreneur Koga Tatsushirō”. In 1932, the Japanese government sold three of the main islands of the group of islands to the Tatsushirō family. If the islands were ceded by the Chinese to the Japanese in 1895, and that deal was agreed upon by China, what’s the big stink here? As the Tatsushirō family declined in its influence, the family then sold the Nan Xiaodao and Bei Xiaodao islands (part of the group of Senkaku Islands) to businessman Kunioki Kurihara, who was from from Saitama Prefecture in 1972, and again sold Diaoyu Island to him in 1978 making him owner of all three islands. Since then, the Kurihara family has become the purported private owner of the islands until the islands were sold to the Japanese government. No wonder the Chinese are confused about the islands, the Japanese don’t even know who actually owns them. And there wouldn’t have been any dispute over the islands between Japan and China until the previous ultra-right wing nationalist Mayor of Tokyo Shintaro Ishihara, started raising a big stink over the island’s control.
The Japanese government seem to be using the worthless rocks of no real strategic value to the Japanese for anything other than an excuse to re-militarize. The only other reason could be for possible oil and gas reserves, but so far there hasn’t been any test holes drilled to determine whether or not natural gas or oil reserves are sitting down underneath the islands.
Japan protests to China over ship in disputed waters
9 June 2016
Japan has lodged a protest with the Chinese ambassador in Tokyo, after a Chinese ship sailed close to contested islands in the East China Sea.
Japan administers the uninhabited Senkaku islands, which China also claims under the name Diaoyu islands.
Russian naval ships were also spotted in the area at the same time, Japanese local media said.
In 2012, relations between Japan and China deteriorated after Japan bought the islands from a private owner.
The islands are important because they are close to key shipping lanes, offer rich fishing grounds and lie near potential oil and gas reserves.
Reacting to the incident, Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga expressed “serious concern” at a news conference, saying it would escalate tensions.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has told his government to work closely with the US and other countries to deal with this, Mr Suga said.
How uninhabited islands soured China-Japan ties
“Around 00:50 am (15:30 GMT Wednesday), a Chinese naval vessel entered our nation’s contiguous waters surrounding the Senkaku Islands,” the Japanese foreign ministry said in a statement.
Japan’s Vice-Foreign Minister Akitaka Saiki summoned China’s ambassador Cheng Yonghua to lodge a protest.
Mr Saiki told the ambassador that the Senkakus are an inherent part of Japan’s territory, in terms of history and international law, NHK reported.
He demanded the vessel swiftly move away from the area. Local media reported the vessel left the area around 03:10 local time.
Mr Cheng said the Chinese frigate was allowed to sail in those waters, said Kyodo news agency citing an unnamed source.
Three Russian military vessels were also seen in the waters around the disputed islands, according to Jiji Press, entering around 21:50 on Wednesday and leaving around 03:05 on Thursday.