Some of the claims to sovereignty over the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands don’t hold up well under scrutiny, argues Tadashi Ikeda.
A very good look at the Senkaku islands dispute and some history of how Japan claimed them as their own. Japan first surveyed the islands back on 1885 then laid claim to them ten years later in 1895. At the time the Chinese Qing Dynasty had no interest in the islands and accepted Japans claim to the islands. All this changed after a deep sea survey found vast resources of oil (and now gas) beneath the islands in 1971.
Ever since China has been proclaiming the islands as their own. Full story below.