Monday 23 Jul 2018 | 19:14 | SYDNEY
Monday 23 Jul 2018 | 19:14 | SYDNEY

Japan expanding


Malcolm Cook

3 November 2008 12:17

On the back of a 25-year study by the Japanese Coast Guard, the Japanese Government is planning to submit to the UN a claim for a continental shelf of 740,000 sq km, or about twice the size of Japan today. This ambitious move is tied up with the UN May 2009 deadline for claims to expanded continental shelves. Up to 60 countries are expected to file new, expanded claims before this deadline. It is also tied up with Japan’s quest for resource security, as this new claim covers potential natural gas resources estimated to meet Japan’s natural gas needs for the next century.

Fortunately, this expanded claim avoids the areas around the Senkaku/Diaoyutai islands in dispute between Japan and China and the Takeshima/Dokdo islets in dispute between Japan and the Koreas. All is not good, though, as China does not recognize Japan’s claim to the Okinotori islands that are central to this new claim.

PS. Looks like Japan and South Korea have got over their most recent tiff over these disputed islets, as the first trilateral defence strategy meeting between the US, Japan and South Korea since 2006 is in the offing