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Russia Captures Japanese Ship January 22, 2007

Posted by David in North-East Asia.

If North Korean antics and Chinese ambitions were not enough of an incentive for Japan to revamp its constitution, and flex its military and economic muscles, surely Russias ongoing aggression against the Land of the Rising Sun, is reason enough.

Officials in Tokyo, today, reported that once again Russia had seized a Japanese fishing boat near a chain of disputed islands known in Japan as the Northern Territories. This is the same argument that has stopped both countries from signing a peace treaty officially ending World War 2.

By the way, these islands didnt belong to Russia in the first place. They were seized by the Soviet Union at the end of the war in 1945.

A report in todays BBC News mentioned that, in August, a Russian coast guard boat opened fire on a Japanese fishing vessel, killing one of its four crew members. In that incident, Moscow accused the boat of poaching in its waters, and detained the vessel’s captain for a month and a half.

According to the Asahi Shimbun, it is the second time a Japanese fishing vessel has been seized by Russia in the area since the two countries agreed in 1998 to allow Japanese fishing boats to operate in some waters close to the territories.

I understand Japans slow pace towards reform, but things have to change because little by little the competition is chipping away at the country, the neighbours arent being neighbourly, and the bad guys are watching/waiting.



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