Tue, October 16, 2012
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Japan issues stamps covering the Diaoyu Islands

2012-10-16 06:18:37 GMT2012-10-16 14:18:37(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

By Zhao Wei, Sina English

Japan has all along miscalculated the issue of the Diaoyu Islands. Japan’s Kyodo News Agency tried to justify Japanese government’s grab of the Diaoyu Islands with an article, claiming that “if the assertion of ‘Japan has admitted Senkaku Islands being Chinese territory’ managed to get across, the legitimacy of including the islands under the jurisdiction of Okinawa Prefecture will be challenged.”

Meanwhile, a separated report said a set of souvenir sheet stamps titled “Islands within the border of Nagasaki Prefecture” was issued by Nagasaki Prefecture and available at the local post office.

The set of souvenir sheet, containing 10 stamps with face value of 60 yen for each, included Chinese Diaoyu Islands and the Dokdo Islands, Japanese name Takeshimas, mired in dispute with South Korea.  

The aim to issue the stamps, as Nagasaki Prefecture declared, is to highlight the importance of resources and territorial protection on the islands along Japan’s border.  

The first batch of 1,000 sets of the stamp has been sold out.

Public offering of the stamp, which had been planned in August, were postponed to October 5, due to worry of “possible negative effect on relations with other countries”, which alludes to China.


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