【琉球新報 １月１１日】 尖閣は共存共生の場 県内学識者が緊急声明
- Desist from attempts to sow seeds of Sino-Japanese military tension over the problem of the Senkaku Islands (Diaoyu/Diaoyutai). Deal patiently with the situation, adopting the principle of resolving matters through dialogue, in accord with the spirit of the Japanese Constitution. People of Okinawa, who are struggling to resist the heavy pressure of military bases, do not want the Senkaku Islands to be militarized. We call for the area to be free from militarization, and to become a space for co-existence and co-living by Japan, China, and Taiwan, and a symbol of goodwill.
Senkaku (Diaoyu/Diaoyutai) issue is deeply connected to the history of Japan’s
past aggression against China and its colonization of Asia. It is important for
Japan to deeply reflect on such history and demonstrate its determination never
to cause military tension with China and the rest of Asia. We propose sincere
academic discussion between Japan, China, and Taiwan on historical issues.
of dismissing the matter by saying “no territorial issue exists” (the Japanese
government’s position), Japan, China, and Taiwan should each present the basis
for their case and engage the issues in some open, international forum. A
consultative organization should be established by Japan, China, and Taiwan to prevent
unexpected incidents in the seas around Senkaku (Diaoyu/Diaoyutai) Islands.
of the parties - Japan, China, and Taiwan - should cling to the insistence on
their “inherent territory.” The moment such exclusionist and non-compromising thinking
is introduced, the possibility of dialogue is excluded. Let us make every
effort to create an environment for calm and objective dialogue, paying attention
to the historical background of Senkaku (Diaoyu/Diaoyutai) Islands before and
after Japan declared them its territory.
are different opinions on the territorial issue in Japan, China and Taiwan, but
this must not be allowed to become a source of confrontation. Japan, China, and
Taiwan should learn from ASEAN, leave the differences of opinions as they are,
and seek solution through dialogue.
should work with China and Taiwan to create opportunities to discuss
cooperative development and utilization of the fishing and seabed resources. Ma
Ying-jeou, President of Taiwan, recently expressed his readiness for dialogue
with Japan along these lines (Asahi
Shimbun, September 16, 2012). Such a move could offer a way forward in the
present stymied situation.
research by Japanese, Chinese, and Taiwanese scholars on the Senkaku
(Diaoyu/Diaoyutai) Islands issue should be encouraged and academic exchange
facilitated. Japan should first establish spaces for interdisciplinary research
on a variety of fields such as history, political science, law, security, geography,
oceanography, biology, resource development, and international law.