The Japanese government is pulling out all the stops in its public relations campaign to let the rest of the world know that they have the valid claim over two islands they are currently disputing with their East Asian neighbours. They announced that this year they are launching a website that states its position of sovereignty over the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, and the Takeshima Islands in the Sea of Japan, which are being claimed by China and South Korea, respectively.
The state minister in charge of territorial issues, Ichita Yamamoto, revealed the plans for the website in a press conference on Friday. He said that since both China and South Korea are out there actively giving out information on their claims, the Japanese government must also “enhance our transmission to the world.” The website will be launched by the end of this year by the Cabinet Secretariat and the main language would be English.
The website will also be carrying videos, including the ones that Japan uploaded on YouTube earlier this month, detailing the historical and geographical claims over the islands. A panel will be formed to create and discuss detailed plans on how to be able to effectively get Japan’s messages out there and members of the committee will include officials from the foreign and defense ministries and other offices. The territorial rows with the two countries have largely contributed to the fraying diplomatic relations that have been further complicated by lingering historical issues. The announcement about this new website will most likely bring up complaints from both countries.
[ via Global Post ]
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