Apparently forcing the Japanese government to nationalise the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands and pushing East Asia to the brink of war wasn’t enough for Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara, who has announced plans to build structures on the Senkaku Islands to “hammer home Japan’s claim“.
Ishihara’s gambit appears aimed at forcing a new showdown in the island dispute with China. It is based on the view that Japan’s main opposition — the conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) — is likely to take power in an election in the coming months and that it would be receptive to his hard-line policies, two officials close to Ishihara said.
Akiko Santo, a member of the House of Councillors from the LDP, said Ishihara would try to win support from a new government to use about $19 million he has raised from contributors to build some basic infrastructure on the islands.
Ishihara’s deputy, Naoki Inose, has confirmed the plan.
Ishihara, a Nanjing Massacre-denying nutbag, favours a more aggressive, nationalistic Japanese foreign policy, particularly with regard to China and North Korea.