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PacNet #62 – Japan’s Senkaku Exit Strategy

Having just spent two weeks in Japan talking to officials, one thing is clear regarding the current spat with China over the Senkaku Islands (Diaoyu in Chinese). Despite a widespread desire in government to de-escalate tensions, there is no clear exit strategy. So let me offer one. Although Prime Minister Noda Yoshihiko appears hesitant to do so, Japan should take its case to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).