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Gov’t to disclose letter of appreciation, evidence of China’s recognition Senkakus as Japanese territory

(Nikkei: July 12, 2015 – p. 2)


 The government in cooperation with Ishigaki City in Okinawa Prefecture will disclose a letter of appreciation from the Republic of China in 1920 to the Japanese people as early as this year. The letter is evidence that China recognized the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture as part of Japanese territory. The letter has not been disclosed to the public because there is a fear that the letter, a scroll, which has been kept in a private house for a long time, will tear if it is carelessly opened. Together with experts of the Tokyo National Museum, the government will look into ways to make the letter available to the public. The government will provide financial assistance in this endeavor.


 The letter from the Republic of China expressing appreciation for the rescue of Chinese fishermen in distress off the Senkaku Islands stipulates “the Senkaku Islands, Yaeyama District, Okinawa Prefecture” as the place where the Chinese fishermen washed ashore. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs carries this on its web site as evidence that China recognized the islands as part of Japanese territory. The government aims to play up the Senkakus as Japanese territory by disclosing the actual letter.

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