FIIA Comment

FIIA Comment 7 (2013)   

Japan’s troublesome territory:
The entangled history of the three island ­disputes complicates finding a solution to any of them

Published 22.3.2013

Bart Gaens
The Finnish Institute of International Affairs

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Japan has failed to achieve progress in resolving its territorial disputes. The historical legacy and the role of the US, local perceptions of Japan’s wartime past, and the interrelated and contingent nature of the disputes all serve to compound the problem.