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Japan defense official cries for 'nationalization' of Diaoyus

2012-06-19 03:41:11 GMT2012-06-19 11:41:11(Beijing Time)

This file photo shows Japan's vice Defense Minister Shu Watanabe speaking at the 2012 Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore.

Japan's senior vice Defense Minister Shu Watanabe said on TV Thursday night that the Diaoyu Islands should have been "state-owned" and called for their "nationalization," Japan’s Kyodo News Agency reported on June 15.

Watanabe told reporters later in Tokyo that the national government's position on the issue is very important and he believes most Japanese people shared his opinion.

Another Kyodo News report says the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan on Friday submitted an "Uninhibited Offshore Islands Management Bill" to the Upper House of the Diet, Japan's parliament. The bill provided that the central government can "buy" or "acquire mandatorily" ownership of outlying islets, such as Diaoyus.

Together with a conservative group's 'fishing contest' near the Diaoyu Isands and Tokyo government's purchase plan, the spate of farce by Japanese politicians are clearly aimed at winning conservative support before the next congress election.

Experts say the Japanese central government's laissez faire attitude is a big disappointment and mistake and may poison Sino-Japanese relations in the year which marks the 40th anniversary of the normalization of bilateral relationship.

Amid recent provocations from Japan, all eyes are fixed upon whether Chinese president Hu Jintao will meet Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on the G20 sidelines.

Both leaders are in Mexico to attend the G20 summit. President Hu is set to meet his US and French counterparts and German Chancellor Merkel. When asked by Japanese media whether Hu will meet Noda, China's vice Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai said president Hu's schedule is already packed and may not have time to meet all foreign leaders.


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