Japan Plans To "Nationalize" 280 More "Ownership-Unknown" Islands

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15 months after acquiring three disputed islands in the Senkakus, and amid growing tensions with the Chinese following tit-for-tat air-defense zones, Abe's visit to the war-shrine, and public-opinion battles; Japan may have just cranked the rhetoric dial to 11. As Japan Times reports, the Japanese government will nationalize about 280 islands whose ownership is unknown out of the about 400 remote islands that serve as markers for determining Japan’s territorial waters.

Under the plan, announced Tuesday, the government will complete its search for the islands’ owners (which began in August) by June. This follows already tense warnings this evening from China that "Japan's moving in a dangerous direction."

It seems the Abe nationalism fears were not exaggerated.


Via Japan Times,

The government will nationalize about 280 islands whose ownership is unknown out of the about 400 remote islands that serve as markers for determining Japan’s territorial waters, the state minister for oceanic policy and territorial issues has announced.


Under the plan, announced Tuesday, the government will complete its search for the islands’ owners by June. Islands whose owners have not been tracked down by then will be registered on the national asset ledger.


The move aims to clarify the government’s intention to protect territories and territorial waters by designating remote islands as “important national territories,” and to reinforce the management of marine resources and national security.


The search for owners was started in August last year by the Headquarters for Ocean Policy, led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.




Registering [remote islands] as Japan’s national assets would send a message that we intend to strengthen management of them,” Ichita Yamamoto, the state minister for oceanic policy and territorial issues, said at a press conference. “The government must accurately grasp the state of these remote islands.”




About 500 islands serve as the base points for establishing Japan’s territorial waters and exclusive economic zone. However, information about some of the islands, including their owners, has yet to be confirmed.

This won't end well... especially with the Koreans now openly decrying the monetary policies of the Japanese also...

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VD's picture

Abenomikz = war

The Gooch's picture

It's a Missing Person's song. Or was it Ruins?


old naughty's picture

as many as possible...as far away from fuk-u as possible...

mass migration needs for 127.6 million (2012 census).

Sun rises no moar.


MedTechEntrepreneur's picture
  • The Kyle Bass moment has arrived. "War is the manifestation of simple economic entropy played to its logical conclusion "..
The Gooch's picture

That's like a Yakuza, homeless-labor version of "Working Man" by Rush.

PT's picture

For an island men would... nope, hang on.
For a dormant volcano, that might sink tomorrow, men would kill
Why? They do not know

No.  That doesn't work either.

JackWills's picture

Just like they NATIONALIZED Manchuria before WW2.  I guess they will need those islands for living space once the main Islands are uninhabitable.

Yen Cross's picture

 VD. We.all start  from a defining point in life.

  You really are a child, that never found it's way. I have to give Francis a lot of credit for that insight.

NoDebt's picture

I think we are witnessing the point at which economic policy failures require a war to distract.

Grande Tetons's picture

I am not sure how you could get down voted for that comment.  Nothing controversial...unless the voters du jour are living in lala land. 

Nevermind...I forgot...lala land is real. Maybe it is an island....a Japaneses island. 

PT's picture

Firstly, disclaimer - I know next to nothing about the Chinese / Japanese region and its history.
But ...

How about, the islands are sovereign entities?  How about, if an island is empty then no-one owns it?  First one in stakes their claim.  How about, if you don't use it then you lose it?  You want an island?  Go live there.

Yes, I know, it's too simple.

Repeat disclaimer:  I know nothing.  But I am open to education. 

Zero Point's picture

Hence the "search" for owners.

dick cheneys ghost's picture

currency wars.....


CIA fingerprints are all over this...........

Martel's picture

...witnessing the point at which economic policy failures require a war to distract.

True, and applies to China as well. Perhaps the USA too, but the eurozone is too weak to fight.

stock trout's picture

Didn't we go thru this in the early 1930's? I hope we don't stand down for a Pearl Harbor attack again. 

Winston Churchill's picture

Luckily the Germans are not involved.

Martel's picture

That's what you think. There ain't no Blitzkrieg like Frau Merkel's Blitzkrieg.

suteibu's picture

I have been saying it from the beginning...Abe is a dangerous useful idiot for a group of men who long for the days of imperialism. 

Grande Tetons's picture

Toss in Obama into the useless idiot pile while you are at it. Toss in DC at the same time. Pretty big fucking pile of idiots you got there. 

Grande Tetons's picture

If we keep adding idiots, the pile will rival the size of Mt. Fuji. 

JustObserving's picture

We need all the islands we can get as Fukushima poisons our main island.

The Russians will not even take our used cars as they are radioactive.


SDShack's picture

Sum Ting Wong

We Tu Lo (on islands)

Ho Lee Fuk

Frash Bang Glow

Josh Randall's picture

Hope Putin decides to claim these islands as well

kralizec's picture

Anybody can play this game!

Try it!

Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine!

Count of Lastovo's picture

Things said right before world war III.... 

"Hey, do you think we should take Taiwan off this list of 280 islands"

"Nah, China won't care".

Yen Cross's picture

 Abe and his Hoodlems will fail!

Atomizer's picture

WB7. Beautiful work. I would have used a VW beetle. Winks 



Yenbot's picture

It seems the Abe nationalism fears were not exaggerated.

That's crap. These are islands within Japanese territorial waters. Look at a map of US territorial waters. No Chinese islands there, eh?

Anusocracy's picture

They are not within Japanese territorial waters if they are Chinese or Taiwanese islands.

If China discovered them, one would think that they are theirs unless they gave them to Japan.

Zero Point's picture

China raising their hands as the owners in 3..2...

deepsouthdoug's picture

"Will complete the search for the owners in June." Hmm......what happened 100 years ago in June, 1914?

Oh yeah, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated.

disabledvet's picture

this is truly disgusting satire. i really can't help laugh out loud...just as much as you and I being friends I guess "the point is all too clear" actually. And yes "the warship as proof of ownership" is on the table. http://www.debate.org/debates/Abraham-Lincoln-was-one-of-the-worst-presi... peace out...

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

"the Japanese government will nationalize about 280 islands whose ownership is unknown out of the about 400 remote islands that serve as markers for determining Japan’s territorial waters'...

Wonder how many of those 280 islands will become new shelters? 

It just goes to show you how truly mad this world has gotten when a government and economy like Japan's is on the brink of absolute oblivion along with the U.S. and is ratcheting up the war rhetoric with it's biggest trading partner while telling the neighborhood "all is well" and that they have nothing to fear! As they dump trillions of becquerels into the Pacific Ocean?

After nearly 3 years of it getting worse what could go wrong?  After all they may need those islands to relocate 110 million inhabitants when the rest of it they are living on becomes uninhabitable.

JackWills's picture

Me thinks the gameplan is to break up China (Russia also if possible)  into several digestible pieces, dont be surprised to see Manchuria or Russian Far East in the future with sizeable Japanese cities.

Something will go down in the next few years, you can bet on it.  Russia would be the most desirable, phenomenal resources and small population in the Far East.  China would be broken up so it can't be competing for the Russian resources grab.  Russia broken up and all that Arctic and Siberian oil is for the taking.  Truly the Great Game is still on baby!!!!

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

Who is going to break up China and Russia?  Ahh, I just don't see it.

Anusocracy's picture

Ya, sizeable Japanese cities populated with inflatable dolls.

secured_party-creditor's picture

It worked for General Patton in Africa...

secured_party-creditor's picture

Only one breaking up China and Russia is China and Russia.. That's the only reason they don't bother us... Russia thinks back to non aggression pact days with Germany... China trust no Europeans... They are both too powerful especially being on each other's back door.

JackWills's picture

I dont know about that, dont underestimate TPTB ability to generate spring and color revolutions.  Putin stuck his neck out too far with the Olympics.  The West let him have them, they are going to set him up for some real terrorist action, enough to embarass him in the eyes of the Russian people and destroy his good standing forever.   With Putin out of the way the western banking cartel and intelligence agencies can get back to the Yeltsin days and see Russia off with independence drives in several important regions.  No country is stable internally, look at independece drives within Spain and England, even in USA Texas and the South would still like to leave once in a while.  All those bullets bought by the DHS are to make sure people stay in line.

disabledvet's picture

NOTHING SURVIVES THE FIRST POINT OF CONTACT. once everyone is locked into to their positions "they're locked and loaded too." wanna see 500 million boat people? that's what this thing means...and unlike Europe which parked all their monies in the USA for the duration of WWII...this allowing them to rebuild after the greatest global cataclysm in history...that won't happen if this thing goes hot. talk about an all out brawl. other than securing Pearl, Australia and the Panama Canal that's about it from the USA perspective. And yes "this will involve India and Thailand too." My guess is that the USA will set of very strong basing relationships with Indonesia to protect their vital interests in their country...but if this thing blows it will look like nothing other...and will almost certainly involve Moscow as a war aim. China has the most to gain by launching a first strike...if I were to hazard a guess it would be Burma "in an aggressive attempt to secure bases in the Indian Ocean "and spread their Navy out that way." They have never launched a campaign of naked aggression before (unlike Germany...a specialty of their's actually) ...the blowback would be stupendous of course...but as Stalin said "how many divisions have he?" the battle between India and China's Air Forces would be epic under this scenario...and those two Navies would meet in the South China Sea for a real showdown. this would be more than sufficient to get the draft boards underway as we have a significant presence in the Islands of Guam and Tokyo. The USA will base itself out of Western Australia with a force of "statistical significance." (millions.) We will not let either side lay a glove on Indonesia. "that's America's strategic asset in the region" and a very good friend I might add. The build up of forces between Russia, China and Japan could be "statistically significant" as well. Don't worry..."we're just sitting ducks" over there. Like the Marines on the Island of Midway who's last words were "come and get it bitch" I believe.

secured_party-creditor's picture

My point was just because Russia and China may conduct military operations together you better believe behind closed doors they don't trust one another...

secured_party-creditor's picture

Your analysis very insightful and in depth... Great read... Gives me different perspective on Indonesia ...

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Yep.  The U.S. Gov wants it so bad that they are thinking like it's 1990 but their reality is 2014...  After 12 years of destabilizing the entire middle east and ou rmilitary in the worst shape in it's history "waiting for the dust to settle" so they can make oil prosperous they got absolutely nothing to show for it except the transactions in USD.  China gets most if not all of the resources in the end run.

"Russia broken up and all that Arctic and Siberian oil is for the taking"...  Wake up cause you're fucking dreaming!

JamesBond's picture

I own three of them.  Swam there as a kid.  Carved my initials in a rock.

Show me the money.