Originally posted by okamitengu
id also like to point out an advanced peoples did live in this region. (yonugami japan etc)
they are called the "JOMON" or the rice cultivators.
pregnators of the asiatic chinese japanese and others.
quite astute and clever builders....edit on 5-8-2012 by okamitengu because: clarity
While the Jomon were certainly all you say they were, and perhaps more (they were making fired cramic pots in 14,000 BC I believe,) there's no evidence of any Jomon artifacts on Yonaguni. And that island is right there next to this (relatively speaking) small natural outcrop.
If the Jomon had anything to do with it, they would certainly have left traces on Yonaguni.
Maybe they did, but no one's ever found any.
Some fringe writers, specifically Graham Hancock but also others, actually state that there was no known culture in the area back in those days. They state that archaeology is not interested in or looking for sites that are submerged.
Obviously, as you point out, they lied (what else is new.) In fact, at the time Hancock was making that claim, underwater archaeology was taking place on (IIRC) the shores of the Korean Peninsula where they were digging up a Jomon village.
Last time I checked, it was stipulated that the Jomon could not have gotten to Yonaguni given the distance and their shoreline-oriented fishing boats. But that, of course, could simply be wrong and would certainly be completely dismissed should any evidence of them ever turn up on Yonaguni-Jima.