Wed, October 03, 2012
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Why Japan’s Noda brave to chop logic on Diaoyu issue?

2012-10-03 05:34:19 GMT2012-10-03 13:34:19(Beijing Time)

On Sept. 26, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda stated in the United Nations that relevant territorial issues should be solved according to international laws.

Noda said that the Diaoyu Islands are Japan's inherent territory according to whether the history or international laws.

In the past years, when the Japanese Prime Minister or Foreign Minister gave a speech in the United Nations, they usually talked about the cooperation and relationship between Japan and the international community and rarely mentioned disputable international issues.

But this time, the Japanese government “bravely” broke this convention, hoping that it will get sympathies and even supports of international public opinions.

From Noda's speech, it could be seen that the Japan side, in order to muddy the water, played many tricks.

First, Japan turned a blind eye on the iron proofs proving China’s sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands. Second, Japan talked about international laws only roughly but did not mention the international legal documents that ordered Japan to return China the lands it stole, such as Cairo Declaration and Potsdam Declaration. Third, Japan attributed the current Diaoyu Islands situation to China “did not” understand the Japanese government's “good intention” behind “nationalizing” the Diaoyu Islands. Fourth, Japan beautified itself and described itself as a “model law-abiding citizen” who “respects” the Charter of the United Nations and international laws.

Why is the Noda administration so “brave” that it dares to chop logic in the United Nations? The reason is directly connected with the right wing atmosphere of the whole Japanese politics and society.

Some Japanese political forces are trying to break through the Peace Constitution and develop armed forces to re-gain the “glory” of Japan. Yoshihiko Noda, as the head of the governing party and a leader of the country, wants to use this atmosphere to win public supports and votes for his party and his second term.


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