Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga met with Keio University Yuichi Hosoya at the Prime Minister’s Official Residence on Feb. 7 and was briefed on intrusions into Japanese waters surrounding the Senkakus by China’s Coast Guard ships. The premier is said to have listened intently to the expert’s opinion that the “level of tension has escalated” with the enforcement of China’s new coast guard law, which allows the use of weapons.
After his meeting with the premier, Hosoya told reporters: “If something happened, the situation would change and that could trigger something similar to a military clash. Compared to other countries, Japan’s awareness of changes is low.” He also explained that the premier knows the situation is severe and acknowledged that proper action needs to be taken.”
Journalist Soichiro Tawara also participated in the meeting.