50 years from San Francisco: Re-examining the peace treaty and Japan's territorial problems

Authors
Citation
K. Hara, 50 years from San Francisco: Re-examining the peace treaty and Japan's territorial problems, PAC AFF, 74(3), 2001, pp. 361
Citations number
36
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Politucal Science & public Administration
Journal title
PACIFIC AFFAIRS
ISSN journal
0030-851X → ACNP
Volume
74
Issue
3
Year of publication
2001
Database
ISI
SICI code
0030-851X(200123)74:3<361:5YFSFR>2.0.ZU;2-#
Abstract
The 1951 San Francisco Peace Treaty with Japan left various problems unreso lved. Japan's territorial problems are no exception. The treaty did not spe cify to which country Japan renounced its former territories, nor did it de fine the precise limits of these territories. This article concerns the ori gin of the disputes between Japan and its neighbors about the "Northern Ter ritories," Takeshima and Senkaku. Close examination of post-war territorial disposition of Japan suggests that these problems were seeded under strong influence of the regional cold war in the Asia-Pacific. Lying on the U.S. cold war defense line of the Western Pacific, the so-called "Acheson Line," these territorial problems were "wedges" to defend Japan from communist ex pansion. The time shift to the "post-cold war" era does not negate the sign ificance of the cold war origins of these problems. It seems reasonable to remember their common origin and consider the possibility of achieving thei r solutions in a multilateral context.