(Tokyo Shimbun: November 5, 2015 – p. 2)
Former Liberal Democratic Party General Council chair Seiko Noda appeared on a BS Nippon TV program on the evening of Nov. 4, where she said China’s construction of artificial islands in the South China Sea “does not affect Japan directly, so whatever happens in the Nansha Islands, Japan should persist in its diplomacy toward China independently.”
The U.S. had sent a naval vessel to sail in waters near a Chinese artificial island recently to put pressure on China. The Japanese government has voiced its support for this action.
Noda also stated: “Japan should actively implement economic policies that will enable the Nansha issue to be shelved or engage in bilateral negotiations that will be in the immediate interest of both countries.”