The Tokyo Metropolitan Government sent a team to survey and examine the China-disputed Senkaku Islands on Sunday. The Tokyo government continues with its plans to purchase the islands from their private owners, an initiative led by Governor Shintaro Ishihara, who recently said that he would be accompanying a follow-up survey in October and landing on the territory himself. The central Japanese government immediately denied permission for Ishihara to visit, as well as for this weekend’s survey to land on the uninhabited islands.
As a result, the 25-member team was required to carry out their survey from a boat. The crew was made up of government officials, real-estate appraisers, and experts on ocean policy. They were tasked with determining the asset value of the three uninhabited islands intended for purchase by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. The survey took about 10 hours in total, and included activities such as taking air samples near the shore, inspecting flora and fauna, and inspecting the amount of flat ground that could be used for building a sheltered port.
Tokai University’s Professor Yoshihiko Yamada, an ocean policy expert on the team, said that they are investigating if the islands could be utilized in the future, and possibly inhabited. As expected, this survey did not go over well with the Chinese government, where the islands are known as Diaoyu. It issued a statement that said Japan’s actions were invalid and illegal, and would have no change over the fact that the territory is rightfully Chinese. Despite the condemnation, China’s leaders are attempting to remain calm over the survey after two weeks of heavily strained relations caused by nationalist activist landings on both sides, and massive anti-Japanese protests in several Chinese cities.
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