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Analysts: Japan's chaotic voices to harm ties (3)

By Zhang Yunbi  (China Daily)

08:40, July 26, 2012

"Noda knows the landing will lead to a major friction with China, yet domestic political pressure is asking him to be tough because nationalist forces are gaining momentum in Japan," said Yang Bojiang, a professor of Japanese studies at the University of International Relations in Beijing.

Yang also said Noda's current attention is focused more on pushing reform within the House of Representatives than the islands.

Japanese Defense Minister Satoshi Morimoto's remarks on July 19, which support the Tokyo prefectural government's plan for landing on the islands, also reflect chaotic opinions in Japan.

"I wonder if it's appropriate to reject it,'' he told reporters, saying he will support granting permission if the prefectural government follows the necessary application procedures, Kyodo News Agency reported.

As an official denial, Japanese Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura said on Monday that the remarks are not within the scope of the defense minister's duty. He stressed that Morimoto only expressed his "personal opinion".

Chaos features in contemporary Japanese politics, and the differing voices stem from various domestic interest groups, said Gao.

Yang said conflicting positions are common among Japanese politicians because the country has not clarified its strategy on China, and the senior officials' opinions remain far from unified.

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