Tokyo govt survey group starts illegal survey at waters near Diaoyu Published: 2012-9-2 19:07:00

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Tokyo team begins Diaoyu Islands survey


An investigation team from the Tokyo metropolitan government has begun a survey around the Diaoyu Islands. They arrived at the surrounding waters at about 4 am today. The Japanese government has refused permission to land, but it’s still unclear whether the team will make an attempt. (Source: CNTV)
  • The investigation group comprises a total of 25 people, including officials from Tokyo and Ishigaki governments, estate valuers and a university professor.
  • The team will spend around 11 hours, examining animal and plant life, measuring the depth of coastal waters and looking for sites to build boat shelter.

  • This is in preparation for their intended purchase of the land.

Recent Landings on Diaoyu Islands




August 19, 2012



The Japanese Maritime Safety Agency confirmed that 10 Japanese activists landed on the Diaoyu Islands Sunday, local media reported.


August 15, 2012



Japan in total arrested 14 Chinese activists on Wednesday including seven who landed on the Diaoyu Islands at around 5:30 p.m. local time on suspicion of illegal entry, and would later detain the vessel, according to police from Japan's Okinawa.


July 5, 2012



Media reports said two Japanese right-wing activists went ashore on Beixiaodao, an islet of the Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea on Thursday.


January 3, 2012



According to Japanese media, four Japanese citizens, including municipal politicians, landed on the islands in the East China Sea on Tuesday morning. The group sailed to the uninhabited islets aboard a fishing boat and stayed there for more than two hours.


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Commentary: Japan govt shouldn't be led by nose by rightists over Diaoyu Islands

Such a narrow-minded political game will only hurt and backfire as it will further poison the Sino-Japanese relationship amid the 40th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties this year.

The Japanese government, instead of standing by or being handicapped, should make more efforts to deter the rightists' stimulating and unwise moves, which are very harmful to bilateral ties.


China has been repeatedly reiterating that the Diaoyu Islands and their adjacent islets have been inherent parts of Chinese territory since ancient times and China has indisputable historical and jurisprudential evidence for this, and any unilateral action taken by Japan on the Diaoyu Islands is illegal and invalid. China urges Japan to handle the recent problems properly to avoid any harm of the China-Japan ties.


The Japanese Kyodo news agency says the Japanese government has decided not to respond to the Tokyo governor’s demand for boat shelters on the Diaoyu Islands.

The report says the central government considers it a provocation to China, which claims sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands.


Lian Degui, deputy director of Asia-Pacific Research Center at the Shanghai Institutefor International Studies

Shintaro Ishihara is taking a huge gamble if he insists on landing on the Diauyu Islands without the Japanese government’s permission.  His application to visit the Diaoyu Islands was not approved by the Japanese government, and his behavior has had an impact on Sino-Japan relations.

Gao Hong, deputy director of the Institute of Japanese Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

Ishihara’s ultimate goal in the Diaoyu dispute is to reverse the peaceful path of Japan's post-war development and rebuild Japan’s self-esteem. He wants to turn Japan into his ideal of a powerful nation, and using the Diaoyu Islands dispute to pressure the Japanese government is a step in achieving that goal.

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