Japan “Will Arrest” Japanese for Senkaku Landing

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Japan has announced plans to arrest Japanese who dared to set foot on the Senkaku Islands, despite just having let go Chinese protesters who illegally entered Japanese territory in order to storm the islands themselves.

The Japan Coast Guard has announced police are investigating charging at least 9 Japanese citizens with criminal trespass after they landed on the Senkaku islands, part of Okinawa but also claimed by China as part of Taiwan, for the purpose of holding a “memorial service.”

The Japanese government currently leases the islands so as to forbid anyone going there, hence the trespass charges.

The group, including various minor politicians, had earlier joined another memorial service held at a nearby Okinawan city.

Any arrest of Japanese for trespassing on the isles would be particularly inflammatory in light of the fact the Chinese protesters who recently illegally landed on the island were not charged for either trespass or illegally entering the country, but were instead quietly packed off back to Hong Kong at the taxpayer’s expense.

In January a group of local Japanese councillors also landed on the islands without permission, although whether police will actually include them in their arrest itinerary is not clear.

The peculiarly Japanese territorial compromise currently in place on the Senkaku islands (in this case, the 3.82 km² Uotsuri-shima) sees them administratively part of Okinawa, but with the land belonging to a private owner, from whom the Japanese government is leasing them for a substantial sum for the sole purpose of forbidding its own citizens to set foot there, apparently all to avoid antagonising China.

Tokyo overlord Shintaro Ishihara has been endeavouring to overturn this status quo by buying the islands outright from their private owner, apparently with the intent of visiting or developing the islands so as to force the Japanese government to defend its claim when China inevitably protests the perverse notion of a non-Chinese island.

In China, demonstrations in support of the Chinese claim to the islands have already degenerated into riots with attacks on “Japanese” shops and property, and clashes with security forces.


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    Comment by Anonymous
    18:40 19/08/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Tilted/Sensation Sankaku reporting as usual (no surprise anyway). I guess in Sankaku-land only rocket scientist can distinguish between "arrest" and "prosecute".

    The Chinese trespassers were arrested as soon as they stepped on the islands, FYI. They were only deported without prosecution because there is no separate criminal offence committed by them; and the immigration law provides that first offenders without any other charge are to be deported.

    If any Japanese reached the islands without legal permission then the police has every right and duty to arrest them. Not that different from the idea that you are prone to arrest and charges for trespassing the White House or any military base.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:36 20/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Woop Woop Woop

    Woop GANGNAM STYLE

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:05 21/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    GUNDAM STYLE

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:19 20/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    This site should be renamed Senkaku Complex.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:27 20/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Then fill it with AV models.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:51 19/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The problem is that reason for not allowing japanese citizens from being on what they claim to be their own territory is plain for everyone to see: Cowardice of japanese government in kowtowing to the chinese. There is not even a remotely feasible excuse.

    Think about it. Has chinese ever demanded or dared to intrude in NK? No, any chinese tresspassing are shot on sight. NK is practically dependant on chinese for survival YET they have the balls to stand up for themselves, but japanese with a sea between japan and asian continent is too afraid to stand up for themselves.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:20 21/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    you idiot, NK goes ass over heels to applease PRC. They don't just shoot Chinese trespassers.

    Also, China would love this kind of provocation, it would allow them to use the event as justification to seize Japanese holdings and businesses in China, pre-empt military action, etc.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:53 20/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes, Japan should be like North Korea. Both want nukes, after all. Although in Japan's case, it'll likely be self inflected nuking.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:35 20/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's cowardice alright, the politically courageous (and right) thing to do would be just giving back the island to China, regardless of what ultranationalists say.

    As Americans already admitted, the fact that this particular dinky island wasn't handed back along with other Japanese overseas conquests at the end of WWII via treaty was an oversight, nothing more. If you make a mistake, you fix it, you don't continue the mistake.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:47 19/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Since they can't do anything legally against the chinese trespassers they're trying to maintain some authority by arresting japanese trespassers...

    As expected from them, another demonstration of their incompetence.

    I still don't get all the fuss about these small islands, there's no petrol or any valuable wealth on it.
    So in the end its just a stupid battle of pride from countries which still bear grudge from past events?
    Get over it fuckers, you're just repeating the same mistakes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:24 17/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually, the islands do have gas reserves. That's why Japan wants them. But I honestly don't think China cares that much about the natural gas, so much that they want the islands just because Japan does.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:50 19/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's not what's on them that's important in this case, it's what's in the ocean near them. Under international laws you get mining (and fishing) rights up to x amount of nautical miles from land that's officially yours - and there's theoretically could be a store of oil or natural gas there.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:48 20/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    You're as [un]likely to find natural gas there as off any other dinky island. And fishing in the area have already been exhausted by overfishing in the surrounding region. Fishes move... There's nothing of material value there.

    No. This is about nationalism. The fact that this worthless dinky piece of rock wasn't handed back to its former owner along with other Japanese overseas conquests via treaty at the end of WWII rubs Chinese nationalists the wrong way. Especially since Americans already admitted that it's an unintentional oversight.

    Japanese nationalists think Japan has already suffered enough for WWII, and gets to keep whatever fell out of the loophole.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    01:58 20/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Keep in mind it's a short term energy source oil and gas probably only have another 50 years left in them before being rendered obsolete by other energy sources.

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    Comment by zedes
    05:25 20/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    50 years ? Hope so...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peak_oil

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:47 20/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    zedes, peak oil is a myth. They are going back to older oil fields with OLD technologies (the ones they used when the fields were first discovered) and finding more oil in them and that they have substantially refilled. It's only 1% per year, but it proves that the Earth somehow makes oil all the time.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:31 20/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    @05:47 - It's currently believed that oil gets absorbed into the surrounding rocks, and with a big empty space left, the "excess" oil is seeping back into it over time. If that's the case, then it puts peak oil a bit further into the future, but that doesn't make it a myth.

    Even if that's wrong somehow, it's highly unlikely that the Earth produces oil fast enough to keep up with current global extraction rates. In that case, while it will insure that we will never completely run out of oil, peak oil will still happen. Because "peak" here means "the point where oil production significantly declines and we will never again be able to match the levels which were once possible" not "the point where we run out forever".

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:20 20/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Gas/oil may be time limited, but right here and now it's potentially worth billions of dollars

    Comment by Dark Mage
    06:42 20/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I mostly say it's time is limited because alternative energy has been getting cheaper.
    Wind is now on par with coal and solar is getting close to a dollar a watt.
    Cellulosic ethanol can now be produced for half the present cost of gasoline and then there's been breakthroughs in thorium reactors and fusion is getting close to break even.
    So the writing is on the wall for fossil fuels.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:30 19/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    For once I'm with Ishihara. They should just develop those islands and make an end to this whole crap over a few feet of land.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:42 20/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ishihara doesn't want to end anything. He's a provoker/troll.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:38 20/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ishihara just wants to shove his fat wrinkly anus cock between those islands

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:31 20/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    He grew a cock out his ass?

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    Comment by Gitami
    12:48 20/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    He's a dick, his whole body is a dick. He imitates Kool-aid man with paper doors.

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    Comment by Pyrolight
    02:39 20/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    It would not end it, it would make it so much worse.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:05 19/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Haha these Chinese make me laugh. Honestly, who gives a fuck about some island dispute? China's civil rights are fucked and their outlook is distorted. In a nation where a man who runs over a little girl would rather leave the scene instead of call an ambulance because the hopsital bills would be too high and it would be cheaper to let her die. China is nothing more than a safer, industrialized, and more organized North Korea.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:57 28/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    QFT, actually China is the reason North Korea exists atm.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:47 20/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Is there any other things do you know about China beside human rights and what your media tells you? People like to judge and criticise before they even know the place and see the people there.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:09 20/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    You make me laugh harder. By your logic, anyone can take away your backyard and claim it as theirs simply 'cause you beat your wife at home and run over some elderly person on the street with your car? Grow a fucking brain.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:34 20/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Are you clincally retarded? Do you honestly think a group of flag bearing, self righteous chinamen are going to make a difference in a land dispute? Maybe a few centuries ago, sure. What I'm saying is that their efforts are best applied elsewhere. You have the reading comprehension of an autistic fourth grader. You should work on that and maybe spend less time poorly defending your mother land.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:38 20/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Look who's talking. Who was mixing civil rights issues and moral values with sovereignty disputes? If you can't make your points clear because you can't think straight and have composition skills close to a kindergartner, don't expect others to try figuring out your faulty logic.

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    Comment by Union Jack
    11:44 20/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's common knowledge that Japan, China and Korea despise each other in ample portions.
    So unless this matter goes before the United Nations it unlikely to be ever resolved unless one side colonizes the islands.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:04 20/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    schyzo fag having an argument with himself

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:35 20/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Also, not to mention the fact that he's coming up with this contra China arguments just because his beloved glorious nation of Nippon hates China. You don't know shit about politics, you only care about loli tits. I don't care you do that, but don't go meddling in adult's business will ya?

    Comment by Anonymous

    One day your face will be all over legal tender somewhere.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:03 20/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why dont they just give the islands to the Russians like they did with the others?

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:46 20/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Russians invaded the South Kuril Islands at the end of WWII and let the Japanese people living there have dual citizenship at first, but eventually seized their properties and deported them. No one "gave them" the islands, they took them. While it could change someday, for all practical purposes they're part of Russia now.

    Senkaku is messier because they never really belonged to anyone in any real sense, but the U.S. "gave" it to Japan, even though they had far less claim on it than anyone else in the region. That's a recipe for a political disaster should the island ever become potentially significant... which is what is happening right now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:24 20/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thanks U.S. for your delicate handling of the regional politics.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:14 28/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The entirety of Japan will be Chinese territory before long lol. It's within 50 years it'll happen... US is in decline, and ignorant red necks marines ain't gonna fight to defend no nips... Hell, U.S. might sell Japan off to China to pay part of its trillion $ national debt lol...

    Japan will cease to be a nation soon, mark my words...

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:23 20/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's good that those Chinese were released without charges.

    If the Japanese have the right to arrest Chinese who "trespass" "Senkaku", then I guess the Chinese have every right to arrest Japanese who are on "Diaoyu".

    Of course, this is assuming that the islands don't actually belong to either. I don't know much about this and the few articles I read don't seem to give a clear answer.

    I do wonder the legitimacy of Japan's claims over this, though. Historical articles I read pretty clearly state that Dodko is Korean islet. Japan is just not acknowledging it and trying to take over. I'd expect this kind of behavior from terrorist governments of North Korea, Syria, Iran, etc. Heck, I'd even expect this from the Chinese government. But Japan?

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    Comment by cpc65
    05:04 20/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Can't we just all get along?"

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:32 20/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't know all these asian guys look pretty hot to me.

    I'd bend them all down and fawk dem in the butt one by one!

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:31 20/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    We Hairy Barbarians love to watch a good fight!

    Why don't you duke it out already asian pigs?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:33 20/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nah, we like watching you dumb Yanks start needless wars.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:23 20/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Yanks pretty much started this one.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:28 20/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japan fart in Japan mouth? How convient. Let chinese go and arrest Japanese instead!

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:48 27/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The best comment I saw about this was on a Chinese blog. Complaining that while Japan arrested the Chinese Trespassers, and thus sticking to its claims on the islands. Chinese coast guard/navy didn't arrest the Japanese who went to the island, and thus didn't hold their claim.

    I agree, the Japanese Govt. not standing up for its territorial integrity is laughable and appalling.

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    Comment by Bayonette
    22:35 20/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The only thing the island needs is to remain neutral.

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    Comment by Kiljoy616
    08:37 21/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japan has neither the balls or soldiers to take on China so of course they did nothing but let go of the Chinese protestors. Oh well that is life, now the better just hope Chine one days does not decide to take it because its not like they can do anything about it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:43 21/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I really believe that China and Japan should put away their disputes over the domain issues, and develope this area together. France and German had done it, why can't Chinese and Japanese?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:51 22/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    One of the few sensible comments on Sankaku, for that I salute. I am Chinese and I hate politicians. A bunch of kids trying to save face. Working together brings much more benefits and quicker and would set precedence in the troubled South China Sea





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