尖閣不法上陸 再発防止へ態勢を強化せよ

The Yomiuri Shimbun (Aug. 18, 2012)
Beef up measures to prevent future Senkaku intrusions
尖閣不法上陸 再発防止へ態勢を強化せよ(8月17日付・読売社説)

It was an act of blatant defiance against Japan’s sovereignty. To prevent the recurrence of such actions in the future, the government should enhance its preparedness to handle such cases.

A boat belonging to an anti-Japan group based in Hong Kong recently traveled to Uotsurijima, one of the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture, and some of the group members landed on the island.

The Okinawa prefectural police and the Japan Coast Guard arrested all 14 members who were aboard–five who illegally landed on the island and nine others who were on the boat–on suspicion of violating the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Law.

This group let Hong Kong television reporters accompanying them broadcast the activists’ landing live on the Internet. They obviously intended to provoke Japan and whip up Chinese nationalism. They probably attempted to take advantage of a Japan-South Korea standoff over the Takeshima islands in Shimane Prefecture as well.

The JCG and police should be hailed for cooperating on such steps as the deployment of their respective members in advance and promptly making the arrests.

The 14 arrested people likely will soon be deported by immigration authorities after being investigated. The same steps were taken after Chinese activists landed illegally on Uotsurijima in March 2004.


Smooth actions will bolster control

It is significant that Japan smoothly acted in accordance with the law to maintain order on the Senkaku Islands. It will help Japan bolster its effective control over the islands.

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said the government would strictly deal with the matter in accordance with the law. We hope the government duly moves ahead with procedures.

After a Chinese trawler collided with JCG patrol ships near the Senkaku Islands about two years ago, the trawler’s skipper was sent to prosecutors on suspicion of obstructing official duties, which is a serious crime.

If the activists arrested this time are probed over alleged violations of the immigration law only, it is appropriate, at least for now, to settle the case quickly with their deportation.

What is important is not to allow the recurrence of such illegal entries into Japan’s territory.

Hong Kong authorities could have prevented the departure of the anti-Japan organization’s boat, but instead gave it tacit approval. We sense the Chinese government’s intention to pressure Japan over the Senkaku issue.

But it is obvious that if turmoil arises, Japan-China relations would be harmed, which would bring disadvantages for China as well.

The government should make Chinese and Hong Kong authorities understand this point and urge them to take measures to prevent similar acts in the future through such means as strengthened surveillance of anti-Japan organizations.


Did JCG do enough?

The opposition Liberal Democratic Party and others are stepping up their criticism of the fact that the JCG failed to block the activists’ landing. The JCG needs to thoroughly examine whether it was sufficiently vigilant and further beef up its equipment and personnel.

A bill to revise the law governing the coast guard to strengthen the JCG’s power has finally passed the House of Representatives six months after it was submitted to the Diet. We attribute the long delay in passing the bill, which was unanimously approved, to the negligence of ruling and opposition parties.

It is essential to put the Senkaku Islands under state control to achieve stable administration of the islands. We hope the government expedites procedures for their nationalization by coordinating with the Tokyo metropolitan government, which plans to purchase the islands.

(From The Yomiuri Shimbun, Aug. 17, 2012)
(2012年8月17日01時36分 読売新聞)

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