The Senkaku Islands are Japan’s own territories historically and under international law, and therefore, Japan has been protesting against Chinese coast guard vessels’ frequent entry into the contiguous zone and intrusion into territorial waters surrounding the Islands. However, China has still been threatening Japan through its unlawful acts, and thus, we need some devices to compel China to stop such acts and recognize Japan’s sovereignty of the Islands. As one of those devices, we, volunteer members of the LDP, have prepared a bill concerning the surveys on the lands of the Senkaku Islands and territorial waters surrounding the Islands and their development plans which will be submitted to the Diet. Today, we met with Mr. Hakubun Shimomura, Chairperson, Policy Research Council, the LDP, and explained the content of the draft bill.
With regard to territorial issues, there is a term called ‘de facto control’. A country is qualified to make use of its own territories at its free will if the sovereignty of the territories belongs to the country historically and under international law. Japan, however, has never carried out the said control over the Senkaku Islands’ territories, worrying about what the neighboring countries might think about it. I believe the Japanese government should assign the government officials to work regularly on the Islands to maintain and guard the Islands, construct a lighthouse, and allow the Japanese citizens to reside there, but none of these has been carried out and I cannot help saying that the Japanese government’s inaction on the Senkaku Islands is the cause for the controversies over the Islands’ territorial issue between Japan and China and for the complicated relations between the two countries. In order to get out of this situation, I am determined to prepare the bill proposing to carry out surveys on the Islands’ lands and territorial waters and their development plans.
Mr. Hakubun Shimomura is also one of the promoters of the bill. He encouraged us, and promised to support our activity in passing the bill. We have almost finished the coordination of opinions among the members concerned with the bill in the LDP.