Friday, September 6, 2013

Japan canceled Senkaku weather station plan under U.S. pressure | GlobalPost

Japan cancelled a plan to set up a weather station on the Senkaku Islands in 1971, apparently under U.S. pressure as the two sides negotiated the 1972 return of Okinawa to Japan, declassified U.S. diplomatic documents show.

Although the United States returned Okinawa including the Senkaku islets to Japan, it sought to avoid taking a position on the issue of sovereignty over the islets claimed by China and Taiwan. The documents indicate Washington sought not to be embroiled in the territorial dispute.

According to a cable from the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo to Washington dated Jan. 11, 1971, the Japanese government notified the U.S. government of its plan to build a weather station in the Senkakus, with a view toward future use also as an oil exploration base.

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Comment: Wanna know why stuff happens the messed up way it does??? Just follow the money! Then remember all those greedy politicians trying to get their cut of the action. That my friend tells you everything you need to know!

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