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Japan refuses to accept complaints by China over ‘tit-for-tat’ visit on disputed islands

Tokyo, Aug 21 (ANI): Chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan Osamu Fujimura has said that the Japanese Government will not accept complaints lodged by China over the ten Japanese nationalists, who have landed on the Senkaku Islands.

“That the Senkaku Islands are a part of Japanese territory is not in doubt . . . and China’s demands based on its position over the islands are absolutely unacceptable. But neither side wants the Senkaku Islands issue to affect bilateral ties on a comprehensive level,” the Japan Times quoted Fujimura, as saying.

An anti-Japan sentiment has heated up in China over last week’s arrest and deportation of a group of Chinese activists from Hong Kong who landed on the Senkaku islet of Uotsuri. And the tit-for-tat visit to the same islet is likely to trigger more outrage, which the governments are trying to evade.

According to the paper, four of the five uninhabited islets that are controlled by Japan in the East China Sea are technically owned by a family from Saitama, Japan and is under the jurisdiction of Ishigaki, Okinawa, but it has been rented out to the central government, allowing only state officials to visit the islets so as to prevent diplomatic friction.

Okinawa police questioned the 10 Japanese, whose ranks include local-level assembly members and are reportedly linked to the right-wing group ‘Gambare Nippon’. Criminal charges have never been filed against Japanese who landed on the Senkakus in the past, and the current trespassers will also probably elude prosecution, the paper said.

Fujimura tried to defuse bilateral strains with China by criticizing the unauthorized trip.

“The government in principle does not permit anyone but government officials to go to the islands, and [nationalists’] landing is deplorable. Authorities will confirm the facts and take appropriate measures,” he said.

Tokyo-Beijing ties have been rocked time and again over sovereignty disputes involving the Senkaku Islands, which are under the effective control of Japan but also claimed by China and Taiwan, the paper added. (ANI)

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