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News Analysis: Japanese right-wingers seek political gains by exploiting Diaoyu Islands issue

(Xinhua)

15:26, August 20, 2012

TOKYO, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- A pack of Japanese right-wingers landed on the Chinese-owned Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea on Sunday, in a blatant move that they claimed to "mourn the war dead", but in fact it was a scheme to net political leverage.

More than 150 Japanese right-wing activists participated in the event, including eight members of parliament. After gathering in the surrounding waters in 21 ships, 10 people landed on the island and stayed for over two hours.

Their gross violation of China's sovereignty has raised an uproar in China, with demonstrations flaring up in numerous cities in the country.

"China strongly opposes Japanese rightists landing on the Diaoyu Islands on Sunday, and urges Japan to put an end to its actions that seek to undermine China's territorial sovereignty," the Chinese Foreign Ministry said Sunday in a statement.

A quick background-check of the right-wing politicians and organizations that sponsored this provocative bid shows that their target of much-sought prize may not be the islands themselves, but rather political leverage that could put them back in the driver's seat back at home.

Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara, who prompted the Japanese government to "nationalize" the Diaoyu Islands with his "island-buying" farce, was notorious for denying the 1937 Nanjing massacre, during which the Japanese aggressor troops killed more than 300,000 Chinese citizens in World War II.
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