posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 04:59 PM
Originally posted by pavil
Originally posted by Sek82
Apparently these islands have been claimed by Japan since 1895, and it's only five small islands with three rocks. Even Google has poor satellite
coverage of them. Is China that hard up on resources? One of the larger islands is only two by one miles in size, and I don't see many docking areas
there. What are they all going to do once they get there? Drop anchor, make signs that read Occupy Senkaku?
What's below those islands or the Economic sphere of influence you get by "owning" them? Why do you think nations are making claims in the Arctic?
This entire region has been claimed by 7 or 8 different countries, not just Japan and China. China and Vietnam have had several naval incidents in
the region involving shooting at each other. There are huge mineral and oil resources in the area that they are all after. They are well outside the
territorial waters of China, Japan, and a number of countries claiming them, but that hasn't stopped them. Sooner or later there is going to be a
fight over them. They are between 120 nautical miles, and 200 nautical miles from Taiwan, Japan, and China.
These particular set of islands were annexed by Japan in the 1890s. They were deserted after 1940, when a business built on them failed, and everyone
left. The US took over them during the war, but they reverted back to Japanese control in 1972. The oil reserves were found in the late 1960s.
China and Taiwan both claimed ownership of the islands after they reverted to Japan.
The islands were owned by the Kurihara family. They bought them from the Tatsuhiro family (the Tatsuhiro family began the original business that
failed in 1940 on them). The Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications leased Uotsuri, Minami-Kojima and Kita-Kojima. The Japanese
Defense Ministry had leased Kuba and allowed the US to use it as a bombing range. The Japanese gov't already owned Taisho. This year the Japanese
Government bought Minami-Kojima, Kita-Kojima, and Uotsuri from the Kurihara family.