Japan is clearly hedging up its claims to sovereignty, especially in the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, and the Takeshima Islets in the Sea of Japan. The Japanese government has apparently launched a website where it discusses what it claims as pertinent and comprehensive information about Japan’s claims on these territories, which are disputed respectively by China and South Korea. This information campaign seems to be the latest effort of the government in making clear its territorial claims, not unlike the controversial move to add this information to high school textbooks.
The new website includes information on Japan’s claims, especially in light of international law, as well as efforts made by government organs to protect the territories. As of the moment, the site is rendered in the Japanese language only, but the Japanese authorities also plan to launch an English-language version of the website next month. This really aims to strengthen Japan’s capacity to communicate with the rest of the world, and of course, not to lose out to China and South Korea in terms of public relations strategies.
The Senkakus (claimed by China as the Diaoyus) and the Takeshima islets (controlled by South Korea and called the Dokdo Islands) are two of the more high-profile territorial disputes Japan has with its neighbors, and have been the cause of the strain to bilateral ties with both nations. The information regarding Japan’s claims have been similarly compiled in other places before, like the Japanese Foreign Ministry website and the Japanese Cabinet Secretariat website. This website looks to be the official compilation of pertinent information regarding these disputes.
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