Skip to comments.Loss of Senkakus would threaten foundation of Japanís security
Posted on 10/13/2013 7:02:45 PM PDT by TexGrill
The Yomiuri Shimbun The following are excerpts from an interview with Yoichi Funabashi, chairman of the Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation (RJIF) and former editor-in-chief of The Asahi Shimbun:
In our book Worst-case Scenario for Japan, published by RJIF this spring, we wrote that the loss of the Senkaku Islands would lead to the loss of Okinawa. We reached this conclusion after thinking through what could happen if Japan lost them.
The row over the Senkaku Islands can be said to represent a diplomatic clash between Japan and China.
Beijing is currently aiming to achieve three goals: make Japans effective control of the islands hollow, work toward preventing the United States from believing it necessary to defend Japan, and present the existence of a territorial dispute over the Senkaku Islands to the international community.
If all these objectives were realized, it would turn into a worst-case scenario for Japan. Fears would heighten among the residents of Okinawa Prefecture that the prefecture would be drawn into a war and the United States would not protect them. These anxieties would provide the prefectures government and people with an incentive to keep their distance from the Japanese government because they felt it was unreliable, and they might resort to playing off tensions between Japan and China to survive.
The loss of Okinawa would affect Japan significantly, as it would mean the loss of the U.S. military bases serving as the foothold of deterrence and undermine the very foundation of Japans national security policy.
Hence, the Senkaku issue must be dealt with by preparing for such risks and making diplomatic appeals until the very last minute.
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Japan actually brought this upon herself. When Japan modernized in the 1870’s she went on a unilateral drawing of the official borders of the new Japanese Empire. Islands were claimed from Imperial China and Korea. Now these two weaker countries have recovered and become major military and industrial powers in Asia. Payback is a bitch.
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