December 11, 2012

Hawkish Approach to Senkaku Islands Won't Help

Japan Times, Japan Times

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One major issue in the campaign for the Dec. 16 Lower House election is the diplomatic dispute with China over the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. Some politicians and others on the Japanese side are taking a hawkish stance, but such an approach will only harden attitudes on the Chinese side, making it more difficult to resolve the issue. In such difficult diplomatic circumstances, it is all the more important to act in a coolheaded manner and to demonstrate ingenuity.

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TAGGED: LDP, Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), China, Japan, Senkaku islands

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