Japanese Territory Invaded From All Sides
replied that it “regrets” that Japan keeps making baseless claims to the islands, and also denied that its jets violated Japan’s airspace in the first place.Japan’s territory is beset on all sides: in the south by China, which claims the Senkaku Islands, and in the north by Russia. Taiwan, which also claims the Senkakus, complicates this scene. Japanese coast guard ships were forced to use water cannons and loudspeakers late last month to repel Taiwanese activists who were trying to land on the disputed islands.These incidents are likely to fuel the desire of Japanese nationalists who support rearmament and a tough foreign policy against aggression by Japan’s neighbors. In the face of these continual incursions, even the most dovish Japanese politicians will be hard-pressed to keep calm.