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  East Asia Watch » Power politics in Okinotorishima   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
If the findings of the research confirm the feasibility of an OTEC system around Okinotorishima island, the government will go ahead with its OTEC plan for the territory by fiscal 2006, beginning with the selection of a spot where an ocean temperature gradient power generation system will be set up, the sources said.
Thus, Japan has much at stake in seeing that Okinotorishima becomes a viable island, since the EEZ to be gained from the island is larger in area than is all of Japan’s landmass.
Okinotorishima island is part of the village of Ogasawara, the southernmost administrative zone of Tokyo.
www.eastasiawatch.com /2006/01/05/power-politics-in-okinotorishima   (583 words)

 Harvard Asia Quarterly - Okinotorishima: Just the Tip of the Iceberg
The Okinotorishima issue is a unique territorial issue in that this is not a case in which countries contest with each other for control of a territory.
The first question is: "Why did China claim that Okinotorishima were rocks in the April statement?" The second is "Why did Beijing decide to make the claim suddenly in April 2004?" It is logical to ask the first question because China would not increase its territory by making such a statement.
Okinotorishima, located at a latitude of 20 degree 20’ north and a longitude of 136 degree 05’ east, or roughly 1,100 miles (1,700km) south of Tokyo, is situated midway between Taiwan and Guam.
www.asiaquarterly.com /content/view/29/43   (8058 words)

 Map-makers   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
China has claimed the small island 1,740 km south of the mainland is merely a rock, rather than a significant piece of territory worthy of putting an EEZ around.
Okinotorishima Island is listed as being 4.8 km long, but most of it is submerged...The 400,000-sq.-km EEZ around the island is larger than Japan itself.
A Japanese survey in 1999 estimated the reserves at the disputed field to be at 200 billion cubic meters (seven trillion cubic feet).A better summary of the history of the dispute can be found here.
www.simonworld.mu.nu /archives/58041.xml   (338 words)

 Tokyo governor to visit southern islets amid dispute with China(in-your-face move)
China says Okinotorishima, a pair of islets about 1,730 kilometers (1,070 miles) southwest of Tokyo, are only rocks _ not an island governed by rules of sovereignty _ and therefore can't be used by Japan to extend its economic zone while preventing Beijing from exploiting natural resources in the surrounding Pacific Ocean area.
"Okinotorishima is our territory," Ishihara said, adding that he hoped to support fishing there by building an underwater haven for fish.
Having ratified the Convention in 1996, Japan registered its domestic laws concerning its territorial waters, in which Okinotorishima is included as an island, to the Secretary-General of the UN in 1997.
www.freerepublic.com /focus/f-news/1393661/posts   (1123 words)

 Japan blasts China for carrying out undersea surveys(Okinotorishima)
Japan claims the Okinotorishima outcroppings, which are heavily fortified by cement embankments, are islands and therefore extend its exclusive economic zone far into the Pacific.
China does not dispute Japan's territorial claim to Okinotorishima, but argues that they're only rocks -- meaning Beijing is free to exploit the natural resources in some of the waters claimed by Japan.
A 40-member team commissioned by the private Nippon Foundation was headed for Okinotorishima to do onsite research on Monday and Tuesday, foundation spokesman Hideo Fukuda said by telephone from their boat.
www.freerepublic.com /focus/f-news/1371174/posts   (542 words)

 [No title]
The foray underlined for Tokyo the importance bolstering its claim to two nearby outcroppings known as Okinotorishima.
Japan says Okinotorishima is an island, China says it's just a reef, meaning it has fishing rights there as well as access to strategic shipping lanes between U.S. military bases in Guam and the Asian mainland.
OKINOTORISHIMA: The two mid-Pacific islets lie 1,000 miles southwest of the Japanese mainland, but are legally part of the city of Tokyo.
www.ksdk.com /printfullstory.aspx?storyid=99275   (1310 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
We also manage Okinotorishima Island, Japan's southernmost island located about 1,700 km from Tokyo, is comprised of two smaller islands, Higashikojima Island and Kitakojima Island, and is an important island in determining Japan's economic sphere of influence.
The trawler has already completed a couple of expeditions near the Okinotorishima islands, returning with about nine tons of tuna, mostly bincho, or albacore, which doesn't command the high prices that other types of tuna do.
Okinotorishima is legally part of Tokyo, so Ishihara was there to back up Japan's side in the dispute.
cmp.felk.cvut.cz /~qqsmutek/japonsko/Okino_Torishima.doc   (2031 words)

 Simon World :: Map-makers
To avoid losing claim to the huge area, Japan has built wave-dissipating blocks around the two visible tops of the island to prevent them from eroding.
A better summary of the history of the dispute can be found here.
If you want to have a look at what they are fighting over, here's a picture of the beautiful Okinotorishima "Island".
simonworld.mu.nu /archives/058335.php   (618 words)

Ryutaro Yamamoto, a Japanese Fisheries Agency official, said the organization would request 400 million yen (about $3.7 million) from the state budget for the next financial year, beginning April 1, to study the possibility of reinforcing the coral reefs around the Okinotorishima islands, about 1,000km south of Tokyo.
A Chinese research vessel approached the archipelago within 200 nautical miles twice in 2004, which triggered protests from Japan.
Tokyo Mayor Shintara Ishihara, known for his nationalistic speech, visited the islands in May 2005 and hung a plaque reading "Okinotorishima, Japan" on a small rocky piece of land.
en.rian.ru /world/20050831/41259012-print.html   (209 words)

 Japanese Rock, Chinese Mushroom, America in the Cold by Mike Rogers
According to the news stories, the confrontation between Japan and China is quickly boiling over and it is just a matter of time before the navies set sail and the guns start blazing over control of these islands.
China argues that Okinotorishima island, the southernmost island in the Japanese archipelago, is merely a rock, not an island, in an attempt to nullify Japan's claim of an exclusive economic zone around the small island, which is under Tokyo jurisdiction.
While Beijing acknowledges that Okinotorishima belongs to Japan, it stressed that it did not fall under the classification of an island as defined by the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, but is instead a rock, which cannot be used to designate an exclusive economic zone, as the Japanese government has done.
www.lewrockwell.com /rogers/rogers202.html   (2624 words)

 Opinio Juris How to Grow Your Own Island   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The problem for Japan is Article 121 of Part VIII of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea: “Rocks which cannot sustain human habitation or economic life of their own shall have no exclusive economic zone or continental shelf.”
Japan has assigned Okinotorishima a Tokyo address, but, according to the Times of London, Japan's latest solution is a testament to Japanese ingenuity - and their obsession with expanding their exclusive economic zone.
Japan is planning to grow coral on the rocks/islands (actually, they will grown the coral in Japan, and then move it back to Okinotorishima) and "grow" the island.
www.opiniojuris.org /posts/1145945721.shtml   (279 words)

 asahi.com:Natural solution to saving islets - ENGLISH   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
A new plan is under way to keep Japan's southernmost territory, the Okinotorishima islets, from eroding.
Located about 1,740 kilometers south of Tokyo, Okinotorishima is the nation's southernmost territory--and carries strategic importance.
The agency plans to collect coral eggs spawned near the surface of the water in Okinotorishima, nurture them in tanks, and then reintroduce the grown coral back to the islets.
www.asahi.com /english/Herald-asahi/TKY200604170344.html   (375 words)

 Andrés Gentry: Japan rocks China with island plan   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The borough has a total area of 8sqkm, lies in the Pacific Ocean 1740km south of the capital and is mostly under water.
The small portions of the Okinotorishima coral reef that do emerge from the sea are only a few hundred metres across.
The distinction is crucial: defined as islands, and under the UN convention on the Law of the Sea, Okinotorishima gives Tokyo an exclusive maritime economic zone (EEZ) of about 420,000sqkm - more than the entire landmass of Japan itself.
www.andresgentry.com /thoughts/2006/01/japan_rocks_chi.html   (354 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Okinotorishima island is located about 1,700 km from Tokyo.
They are called "Higashikojima" and "Kitakojima" and coverd by concrete so we can't see the rocks directly.
In 2001, on the way from Yokoham to Guam, "Asuka" went to Okinotorishima island. This is the course of the ship when we saw the island.
homepage2.nifty.com /shot/okinotori.htm   (123 words)

 Jepang dan Cina Ribut Lagi
Tetapi Beijing sudah mengatakan, Okinotorishima hanyalah batu-batu karang – bukan sebuah pulau yang dicakup oleh hukum kedaulatan —dan karenanya tidak bisa digunakan Tokyo untuk memperluas zona ekonominya dan untuk mencegah Cina mengeksploitasi sumber-sumber alam di situ.
Teks iklan itu: “Okinotorishima, pulau Jepang paling selatan ditangani oleh Kementerian Pertanahan, Infrastuktur dan Transportasi”.
Kementerian Transportasi Jepang juga berencana membangun sebuah landasan untuk helikopter (helipad) dekat Okinotorishima Juni mendatang.
www.sinarharapan.co.id /berita/0505/20/lua02.html   (437 words)

 Japan digs in to protect ocean rights   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The focus of the task force, consisting of officials from various ministries and agencies, will be Okinotorishima Island, Japan's southernmost point, the Asahi Shimbun reported Wednesday.
Okinotorishima has been making headlines recently because Chinese ships have repeatedly entered Japan's exclusive economic zone around the island to survey underwater resources.
Beijing does not recognize Okinotorishima as Japanese territory, insisting it is nothing more than a pile of rocks.
news.usti.net /home/news/clari/news/wed/av/Ujapan-tinyisland.RrUc_FM9.html   (188 words)

 Upi Hears ... - 5starsnews.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
While the installation is ostensibly to monitor oceanographic phenomena in the wake of southern Asia's recent tsunamis and shore erosion, it also will be capable of tracking ships within a radius of about 12 miles.
In June 2004, three cameras with night-vision and telephotographic capability were installed on Okinotorishima in response to the activities of Chinese survey research ships which intruded into Okinotorishima's territorial waters.
China insists that Okinotorishima should not be considered an island, but a cluster of rocks not qualified for EEZ status, as stipulated by the Law of the Sea.
www.5starsnews.com /buy-a-car/382627.htm   (773 words)

 Okinotorishima - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
And, in 1931, confirming that no other countries had claimed the reefs, Japan declared it Japanese territory.
Classified as islets, they were subsequently placed under the jurisdiction of Tokyo as a part of the Ogasawara Islands and named "Okinotorishima" or, less commonly, "Okinotori-shima".
After Japan's defeat in World War II, the United States assumed sovereignty over the Ogasawara islands.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Okino_Torishima   (1471 words)

 National Committee on American Foreign Policy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Despite the vast distance and the seeming insignificance of this group of uninhabited rocks that are submerged underwater during high tides, Japan claims that the islet is its southernmost island, falling under the direct jurisdiction of the Tokyo prefecture.
China, for its part, does not challenge Japan’s sovereignty over Okinotorishima but says it is a rock, not an island, which means that under the modern Law of the Sea, it is not entitled to an EEZ surrounding it.
Unlike Okinotorishima, Diaoyutai Senkaku can ‘‘sustain human habitation’’ given its potable water and tillable soil to overcome the exclusion, under Article 121(3) of the Law of the Sea Convention, of rocks from having a continental shelf and EEZ.
www.ncafp.org /projects/NEasia/dec05hsiung.htm   (9020 words)

 Gold & Silver Forum - RTM chow chow - June 20, 2005
Japan claims that Okinotorishima - two uninhabited rocky outcroppings about 1,060 miles southwest of Tokyo - are islands, but China claims they are mere rocks and cannot be used to extend Japanese territorial waters.
"Okinotorishima, Japan's southernmost island," on one of the islets.
Japan considers Okinotorishima legally a part of Tokyo.
www.goldismoney.info /forums/printthread.php?t=21860   (1047 words)

 Other Energy - Jan 9 | EnergyBulletin.net | Peak Oil News Clearinghouse
As independent suppliers warned that they were themselves low on capacity, the Department of Health refused to give details of how long hospitals could survive without further deliveries of oil.
The government is considering installing an ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) system around Okinotorishima island, the country's southernmost uninhabited island, government sources said Wednesday.
On Tuesday, the National Fisheries University, an independent administrative agency, and Saga University will launch a joint research project in the area, which is about 1,740 kilometers south-southwest of metropolitan Tokyo in the Pacific Ocean, to gather data about water temperatures and seabed tomography, according to the sources.
www.energybulletin.net /11980.html   (1218 words)

 World Island Info » Blog Archive » Island or rock? Sometimes it matters   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
When it comes to Okinotorishima, “Tokyo claims the parts above sea are islands, Beijing prefers to think of them as mere rocks.” Whose definition prevails could determine whether Japan has exclusive rights over thousands of square miles of the Pacific Ocean.
This entry was posted on Sunday, February 5th, 2006 at 5:30 pm and is filed under Asia, Definitions, Japan, Islands in danger, Disputed islands.
[…] To firm up the definition of Okinotorishima as an island — and thereby insure rights to a large economic zone in the Pacific —; Japan is planning to seed corals on the reef in hopes that the island might grow.  The island is now almost wholly covered at high tide.
worldislandinfo.com /blog/?p=1   (171 words)

 Sino-Japanese talks open in Tokyo   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
For their part, the Chinese are upset about what they perceive as a lack of contrition for Japan's colonial rule in the early 20th century.
A private Japanese research vessel arrived at a Okinotorishima Island, with about 40 scientists on board, to solidify Japan's claim to the reef.
China contends Okinotorishima is just a big rock and thus does not merit being called an island under international law.
www.cbc.ca /story/news/national/2005/03/28/chinajapan050328.html   (1193 words)

 Atoll eyed for thermal ocean power
When the findings of the research confirm the feasibility of an OTEC system around Okinotorishima island, the government will go ahead with its OTEC plan for the territory by fiscal 2006, beginning with the selection of a spot where an ocean temperature gradient power generation system will be set up, the sources said.
The difference in temperatures between surface and deep water at Okinotorishima is said to be at about 20 C throughout the year, an optimal condition for ocean temperature gradient power generation.
The central government brought the atoll under its jurisdiction in 1999, erecting a seawall and placing wave-dissipating concrete blocks to protect the island from wind and wave erosion.
www.tmcnet.com /usubmit/-atoll-eyed-thermal-ocean-power-/2006/jan/1264040.htm   (1021 words)

 SurferMag Message Boards: Powerful Typhoon Nabi Nears Japanese Island   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Tokyo - An extremely strong typhoon was churning towards Japan on Friday and was on course to hit the nation's main southern island next week, the meteorological agency said.
Typhoon Nabi, which means butterfly in Korean, was on Friday morning 200km south-east of Okinotorishima island, which is 1 700km south of Tokyo.
Nabi was described by the meteorological agency as "extremely strong" and was packing winds of up to 180km/h and was moving northeast at 20km/h.
forum.surfermag.com /forum/showflat.php?Number=807005   (130 words)

 ComingAnarchy.com » Blog Archive » Blame Game   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Although he might want to watch his back—such sentiments are borderline treason.
This entry was posted on Monday, March 28th, 2005 at 7:15 pm and is filed under In the News, Nippon, Orient.
You do realize that China is going to continue ignoring all Japanese claims to Okinotorishima, or more precisely I should say, their claims to the surrounding EEZ.
www.cominganarchy.com /archives/2005/03/28/blame-game/trackback   (696 words)

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