A petition launched last month by a Japanese researcher calling on the Japanese Ministry of Defense to redact a white paper listing Taiwan as part of China has garnered more than half of its goal of 2,500 signatures.
The petition — started on July 25 by Hideki Nagayama on Change.org — asks Japanese Minister of Defense Taro Kono to list Taiwan separately from China in its analysis of the nations’ military strength and defense policies, before the white paper is published later this month.
Nagayama wrote in the petition that Taiwan is always listed under sections on China, rather than on its own, as it is in reports from the US, Russia and other countries.
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China’s expressed ambition of invading Taiwan would be an illegal act, which the international community should work together to prevent, he wrote.
Publishing a government paper that describes Taiwan as part of China confuses the public into believing that a Chinese invasion of Taiwan would be an internal affair and that the international community should not interfere, he said.
The petition has also caught the attention of the Taiwan Association in Japan, whose president, Wang Shao-ying (王紹英), issued a statement in Japanese protesting the white paper’s references to Taiwan as a part of China.
Wang said that as a central government body, the ministry of “has a duty to provide the Japanese public with accurate international information, and should not employ incorrect maps and information to misguide Japanese nationals and harm the friendship between Taiwan and Japan.”
The association also called on the ministry to represent Taiwan separately in the white paper’s maps, and to give the nation its own chapters in the document.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also and asked the Japanese government correct the white paper.
It said it would keep an eye on developments and have its representative office in Japan press the Japanese government for a response.
As of 8:30pm last night 1,694 people had signed the petition.
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