Local revitalization minister Shigeru Ishiba appeared in Yomiuri TV program on Nov 8. He spoke about Japan-China statement that is called to better the relationship between the two countries and in which Japan accepted that Japan and China have different views on the tense situation around the Senkaku Islands (Okinawa pref., Ishigaki). He stated that “it does not at all mean that Japan accepted that there is a territorial dispute (around Senkaku). There is absolutely no change in Japan’s position”.
On the other hand, he praised the statement saying that “there is no telling when Japan and China would clash (over the Senkakus). It is a great achievement that we can now talk to prevent the clashes.”
About China wishing PM Shinzo Abe to stop visits to the Yasukuni shrine Ishiba stressed: “It is up to the politician to decide whether to go to the Yasukuni or not, it is not something to be decided by China”.