Okinawa governor Denny Tamaki demands foreign minister secure the Senkaku Islands

February 21, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo


Okinawa governor Denny Tamaki sent a written appeal to cabinet ministers such as Minister for Foreign Affairs Toshimitsu Motegi, asking that the Japanese government secure the Senkaku Islands and surrounding areas, and improve their relationship with China.

In addition to this, the written request also asks that Japan clearly indicate to the international community that the Senkaku Islands are an intrinsic territory of Japan. The letter was addressed to four cabinet members including Foreign Minister Motegi, Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Minister Kazuyoshi Akaba, Minister of Defense Nobuo Kishi, and Minister of State for Okinawa and Northern Territories Affairs Taro Kono.

On February 15 and 16, Chinese Coast Guard boats were seen approaching Japanese fishing vessels in the water near the Senkaku islands.


(English translation by T&CT and Sam Grieb)


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