- Posted August 13, 2014 by
ABE’S NEW FOREIGN POLICY
Currently the main concern of the Government of Japan is the situation with the islands of Senkaku / Dyaoyuydyao in the East China Sea. The conflict around these islands is primarily of economic and strategic interests of both countries. Possession of the islands allows to control the vast hydrocarbon reserves, resources, seafood, as well as the most important shipping lanes in the western Pacific Ocean.
Currently in Japan, there is a consensus that the one and only effective means to deterrent "Chinese expansion" of the island is to strengthen the Japan-US Security Treaty, according to which the Senkaku Islands are in the responsibility of the United States, as well as the self-protection of these areas.
Simultaneously with China, Japan has territorial claims with the Republic of Korea, challenging its sovereignty over Takeshima.
However, the President of the Republic of Korea Park Keun Hye at his inauguration stated that the "historical perception" is important in the development of relations between South Korea and Japan, and Japanese politicians should strive to understand the feelings of South Korea against Japanese colonial rule in Korea. By these words, she made it clear to the Japanese leadership that the sovereignty of the Republic of Korea over the islands is unquestionable.
Due to the aggravation of territorial conflicts with neighboring countries, the Japanese leadership, to "harden" its sovereignty, even started to register on the disputed islands the residence of Japanese citizens. To date, on the disputed territories "live" more than 600 Japanese, despite the fact that in reality they do not exist on Takeshima, Dokdo (where only a small South Korean garrison is housed), and on the islands of the Senkaku / Diaoyu Islands, which are in fact uninhabited.
At the same time, Japan doesn’t get any support from the United States in their territorial disputes. President Barack Obama and the Secretary of State John Kerry did not give Abe any promises to protect Japan-controlled Senkaku Islands.
As for the mutual claims of Japan to China and the Republic of Korea concerning the sovereignty over a number of disputed territories, Washington is neutral, and offers countries to solve the problem themselves by a means of a peaceful dialogue.