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Tiny islands get tense attention while vast Pacific ocean is deadly poisoned by nuclear radiation but ignored like Cinderella

By WcP.Observer - Posted on 04 December 2013

Taiwan to speak up if Japan interferes with Taiwanese aircraft

US sends B-52 bomber to Diaoyu Islands

A sticker art made by an artist known as 281 Antinuke, is seen on the back of a traffic signboard on a street in Tokyo Nov 26, 2013

Radioactive Seawater Impact Map (update: March 2012)

Little girl with a message 'No Nuclear Rain' on sticker art seen on a traffic light in Tokyo.


Taipei, Dec. 3 (CNA) - Taiwan will express its deep concerns to Japan if Japanese authorities interfere with Taiwanese civilian aircraft flying through an area where the two countries' airspace zones overlap, an official said Tuesday. "If our Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) notifies us of such a case, we will immediately hold serious consultations with Japan" and ask it to refrain from such actions, said Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Anna Kao at a news conference Tuesday.

(Nov 27) Two US B52 bombers are at the centre of an escalating row over disputed islands in the South China Sea.

BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters, Nov 29, 2013) - China scrambled jets on Friday in response to two U.S. spy planes and 10 Japanese aircraft, including F-15 fighters, entering its new air defense zone over the East China Sea, state news agency Xinhua said.

Washington (Dec 3, 2013): The US State Department has urged airlines to notify Chinese authorities before flying through the zone, while Japan pressed its carriers to stop supplying such flight data.

Tokyo/Washington (Dec 2, 2013) - As tension in the region mounts... The deployment of the The US Navy's first two advanced P-8A came before U.S. Vice President Joe Biden left for Asia this week, where he is seeking to strike a balance between calming military tensions with China and supporting Japan as it wrangles with Beijing over the islands.

Washington takes no position on the sovereignty of the disputed islands, known to the Japanese as the Senkakus and to the Chinese as the Daioyu. However, it recognizes Tokyo's administrative control and says the U.S.-Japan security pact applies to them, a stance that could drag the United States into a military conflict it would prefer to avoid.

Telegraph UK (Nov 24, 2013) - China conducted their first patrol over islands Beijing disputes with Tokyo, as Japan's foreign ministry warns of 'unpredictable events'.

Telegraph UK - ...the famous Cairo Declaration. It was published on 27 November 1943 after discussions between the leaders of China, Britain and the United States, and was the master plan for rebuilding international order following the war with Nazi Germany and Japan. It stated in explicit terms that: “all the territories Japan has stolen from the Chinese, such as Manchuria, Formosa (Taiwan) and the Pescadores, shall be restored to the Republic of China. Japan will also be expelled from all other territories she has taken by violence and greed.”

After the Japanese surrender in World War II, the United States Armed Forces assumed administrative authority in Japan. The Japanese Imperial Army and Navy were decommissioned, and the US Armed Forces took control of their military bases. The allied countries planned to demilitarize Japan, and the U.S. imposed the Constitution of Japan with a no-armed-force clause in 1947. After the Korean War began in 1950, Douglas MacArthur, the Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers in Japan, ordered the Japanese government to establish the paramilitary "National Police Reserve," which was later developed into the Japan Self-Defense Forces.

Early history of DiaoyuDao
Records of these islands date back to as early as the 15th century. They were referred as Diaoyu in books such as Voyage with a Tail Wind (1403) and Record of the Imperial Envoy's Visit to Ryūkyū (1534). Adopted by the Chinese Imperial Map of the Ming Dynasty, the Chinese name for the island group (Diaoyu).

New York Times (Dec 03, 2013) - Finding Japan’s Aircraft-Carrier Submarine
...what the crew of the submersible Pisces V found on the sea floor off Hawaii in August was a huge Japanese submarine that the United States sent to the bottom of the ocean in 1946.

The wreck of the I-400, a huge World War II submarine that was built by Japan and intended to attack the Panama Canal, was found off Hawaii by submersible Pisces V.

The submarine, the I-400, was one of five that met a similar fate; some of the others have already been discovered. But Terry Kerby, the longtime operations director and chief submarine pilot for the Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory, or HURL, called this one “the real prize.” Besides being the first of its class, it has particular historic value. “This one actually trained for a mission: Attack the Panama Canal,” Mr. Kerby said.

Japan Maritime Self Defense Force is the second-largest and second-most capable navy next to U.S. navy.

A sticker art made by an artist known as 281 Antinuke is seen on a traffic light on a street in Tokyo November 26, 2013.

(November 5, 2013) “Every single day, 300 tons of radioactive water from Fukushima enters the Pacific Ocean,” writes Snyder about this one major sign. “That means that the total amount of radioactive material released from Fukushima is constantly increasing, and it is steadily building up in our food chain.”

Radioactive debris mass the size of California still impacting West Coast

Another obvious sign is the recent mass migration of radioactive debris the size of California across the Pacific Ocean. BBC News in the U.K. reported last year that literally millions of tons of radioactive debris had begun traveling across the Pacific Ocean

(December 3rd, 2013) Professor: “It’s true that about 70% of Japan’s territory is polluted” by Fukushima radioactive material; Tokyo contaminated with highly toxic radiation — “Experts worry about catastrophic impacts on health”...


Image courtesy Focus Taiwan News Channel, AFP / Getty Images, REUTERS / Yuya Shino, and Google Earth

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