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Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands »

Masahiko Asada
1 The Senkaku Islands (in Japanese) or Diaoyu/Tiaoyu Islands (in Chinese) (‘Diaoyu/Senkaku’) are located in the East China Sea, 150km north of the Yaeyama Islands of Japan and 170km north-east of Taiwan. They are composed of Uotsurijima/Diaoyu Dao Island (3.6km2) and four other smaller islands and three rocks, and have an area of 6.3km2 in total. Although a Japanese population once lived on Uotsurijima/Diaoyu Dao Island, all the islands are now uninhabited. They had been considered to be almost valueless economically, except for fishing and feather-collecting...

Takeshima/Dok Do Islands from a Japanese Perspective »

Masahiko Asada
1 Takeshima Island (in Japanese) or Dok Do/Tok Do Island (in Korean) (‘Dok Do/Takeshima’) is located in the Sea of Japan, 157km north-west of Okinoshima Island of Japan and 92km south-east of Ullung Do Island of the Republic of Korea. Dok Do/Takeshima, comprising two large and a number of smaller rocks and having a total area of 0.23km2, is not suitable for permanent human habitation, because it consists of precipitous cliffs and lacks drinking water sources, although since June 1954 South Korean security guards have been stationed there and the island and...