Japan from the inside out

Better late than never

Posted by ampontan on Wednesday, September 29, 2010

From a Kyodo report:

Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara on Tuesday cited China’s official People’s Daily as describing — on Jan. 8, 1953 — the Senkaku Islands as part of Japan’s territory….

The People’s Daily described the Ryukyu Islands as “dispersed between the northeastern part of our country’s Taiwan and the southwestern part of Japan’s Kyushu Island” and as including the Senkaku Islands as well as the Sakishima Islands, Maehara said…

Maehara also noted that a world atlas published in China in 1960 specified the Senkaku Islands as part of Okinawa Prefecture….

China and Taiwan began to make territorial claims to the Senkaku Islands around 1970 as oil resources in the area attracted attention.

How much longer will the media and the commentators in the Anglosphere continue to repeat their boilerplate formulation that sovereignty over the islets is “disputed”?

Isn’t it time to rethink that? They might start by taking a look at a copy of the original article and a partial translation at Michael Turton’s site, The View from Taiwan.

Then again, maybe that’s expecting too much.

Better late than never, guys.

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One Response to “Better late than never”

  1. 21st Century Schizoid Man said

    This negligence by press should serve as legal basis to claim damages.
    Both Foreign and Japanese (because Japanese press do not inform Japanese about Foreign press’s misinformation).

    May be Japanese press do not bother. May be they, just like other Japanese, are too “humble” to point out. May be they do not know there is misinformation from the beginning…. to the end of the world.

    Personally I would like to call it Gross Negligence.

    No, no…. I am joking.
    It is gross negligence, and I’m not joking. You say that the Japanese press does not inform the public about the misinformation in the foreign press–they also don’t inform the public about how people in other media in the US, primarily the Internet, have discredited the American press. More people in Japan believe the New York Times and Newsweek than in the U.S. now.

    I also call it Anti-Nipponism. (That’s another long one…)

    One reason the Japanese press doesn’t want to talk about it, by the way, is that they know it won’t be long before the same thing starts to happen to them.

    – A.

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