What’s Going on in Japan?

Well don’t expect our mainstream media to tell you. They won’t cover anything outside of what flatters Obama.

Fortunately, the British press doesn’t care much about being stenographer for our president. They reported earlier in the month about a serious issue arising between China and Japan.

The Daily Mail reported on September 5:

Japan’s government has agreed to buy the group of uninhabited islands whose sovereignty has been fiercely disputed with China, it was reported today.

It is understood to have paid 2.05billion yen ($26million) to the Japanese Kurihara family for three of the five Senkaku islands, which are known as the Diaoyu group in Chinese.

The move would effectively nationalise them and stop China from buying the chain, which lie 200 miles from the Chinese mainland and 200 miles from Japan’s Okinawa.

It follows months of rising diplomatic tension between the two countries over which has sovereignty over them.

It seems the islands are oil rich.

China responded by calling the reported purchase ‘illegal and invalid.’

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said: ‘For them to nationalize the Diaoyu islands seriously violates China’s sovereignty and hurts the Chinese people’s feelings.

‘I stress again that any of their unilateral acts with the Diaoyu islands are illegal and invalid.

‘China’s determination will not change in terms of safeguarding its territory. China is observing the situation and will take necessary measures to defend its sovereignty.’

And now blogger ZeroHedge fills us in on the follow up:

Yesterday we described that anti-Japan sentiment across China was spreading like wildfire with some even suggesting it is time to declare war on Japan in retaliation for the unprecedented shift in Japan’s status quo vis-a-vis the Senkaku Islands. Today it has gotten even worse. From Reuters: “Chinese police used pepper spray, tear gas and water cannon to break up an anti-Japan protest in southern China on Sunday as demonstrators took to the streets in scores of cities across the country in a long-running row over a group of disputed islands. The protests erupted in Beijing and many other cities on Saturday, when demonstrators besieged the Japanese embassy, hurling rocks, eggs and bottles and testing police cordons, prompting the Japanese prime minister to call on Beijing to ensure protection of his country’s people and property. In the biggest flare-up on Sunday, police fired about 20 rounds of tear gas and used water cannon and pepper spray to repel thousands occupying a street in the southern city of Shenzhen, near Hong Kong. Protesters attacked a Japanese department store, grabbed police shields and knocked off their helmets.

Then Reuters told of an odd development:

Japan’s ambassador-designate to China, Shinichi Nishimiya, died on Sunday in a Tokyo hospital, the Foreign Ministry said, three days after he was found unconscious on a Tokyo street.

Doctors were looking into the cause of death, ministry official Takashi Ariyoshi said in a statement, but no other details were available. Nishimiya, 60, was found unconscious on a street near his home on his way to work.

Nishimiya was to have left in mid-October to take over from Uichiro Niwa as Japan’s top envoy in Beijing.

While coincidental, Nishimiya’s death came as tensions flared up between Japan and China over a disputed group of islands in the East China Sea claimed by both countries.

Coincidence? What of the suicide of the Japanese Finance minister? He recently hanged himself. He was the minister in charge of cleanup after the Fukushima disaster. (But don’t worry, nothing bad there, move along.)

China has started a new military drill in the West Sea of Japan as a signal of their ire.

Finally, Japan is struggling mightily with a bad economy. Sound familiar? Here’s a chart explaining it.

The world certainly doesn’t need another currency/war footing/energy crisis now.

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