Mon, Oct 15, 2012 - Page 3 News List

COA pledges to safeguard rights in fishing talks

By Chris Wang  /  Staff reporter, with CNA

During Japan’s Meiji period, Japanese complained about not being able to hunt or chop timber in the woods after Tokyo nationalized all forestry resources, he said, adding that the controversy was later resolved when the central government, citing “traditional practices,” allowed residents to continue using the forests.

The second case was the Kuril Islands dispute between Japan and Russia where Japan faced the same dilemma as Taiwan does in the Diaoyutais dispute: Japanese fishermen were not allowed to fish off the waters around the disputed islands.

Japan and Russia later worked out a solution, which allowed Japanese boats to fish in the area as long as they paid entry fees and adhered to a fishing quota, Koh said.

Regarding the recent controversy, Koh warned that President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) proposal to “drag China into the equation” was the wrong move to make as it jeopardized the mutual trust between Taiwan and Japan.

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