"Senkaku Paradox: Risking Great Power War Over Small Stakes"

By Michael E. O’Hanlon,  April 30, 2019















Professor Michael E. O’Hanlon of Brookings Institution has pubished a book recently, discussing Senkaku issues. Presently he is spreading his own information rapidly inside and outside USA. Professor Nishimura Kohyu has introduced to me today about this book. 


I have glanced into this book, finding no any history been discussed in it. Professor O’Hanlon says in the title that Senkaku is just a "small stake" in "paradox". It shows that he does not know anything about 480 years long history of Senkaku, which is located in the gateway of Japan, connecting to Taiwan Strait westward, to Luzon Island southward, as well as to South China Sea, to Malacca Strait, and to Maritime Silk Road.

In the video below, he just mentioned for 30 seconds about history,

from 10:30 to 11:30.


   I have to tell him that there are many words related to the history of the Senkaku Islands as follows:


[Late 16th - early 17th Century]

Walliam Adams (Miura Anjin, the first English Samurai, sailed through Senkaku sea area),

Tokugawa Ieyasu (First Shogun, who confirmed defense line in the far west of Senkaku),

Toyotomi Hideyoshi (Unifier of Warring States, dispatched envoy via Senkaku to Luzon),

English Factory in Hirado,

Nagasaki Magistrate,

Nagasaki Governor,

Red Seal Trade System of Shogunate (sea route pass through Senkaku sea area),

Accurate Maps of Senkakus for Red Seal Ships.

Luís Pérez Dasmariñas (Governor-General Luzon, dispatched envoy via Senkaku to Japan)

26 Martyrs of Nagasaki (reported Senkaku sea route to Luzon)

Wibrandt van Warwick (the first man been informed by China about the limit line far west of Senkaku)

Hugo Grotius (International law, concerning into east Indies affair, espeially to activities of van Warwick)


[Late 17th Century] 

People of Yonakuni Island (Transported the Dutch Cargo from Senkaku to Satsuma)

Satsuma King (Transported the Dutch cargo from Senkaku to Nagasaki)

Cornelis Reijersen (Dutch fleet commander in Taiwan, who understood Chinese limit far west Senkaku),

Jan Pieterszoon Coen (Governor General in Java, who received the report of Chinese limit line in Taiwan Strait),

Frederick Coyett (the last governor in the Dutch Formosa, who reported the transportation of Duth cargo from Senkaku to Nagasaki)

Dutch East Inides Company (Reported the transportation of Duth cargo from Senkaku to Nagasaki)


[18th Century]

Antoine Gaubil (French Jesuit missionary to Pekin, who depicted the map of Ryukyu and Japan, all according to Pekin pronounciation in 1751),

Jean François de La Pérouse  (reached Senkaku sea area in 1787, specified Senkaku as Ryukyu territory using Gaubil's map.)  


[19th Century]

Adolf Stieler (German cartographer, who specified Senkaku as Japan in 1804)

Shou Kouki (Ryukyu nobility, the first man landed on Senkaku in 1819 and searched water source on Senkaku)

Krusenstern  (specified Senkaku as Japan in the early 19th century)

Siebold (specified Senkaku as Japan in the mid 19th century) 

Jules Verne, (specified Senkaku as Japan before Japanese annexation)

British Navy (First to land on Senkaku as European in 1845 being navigated by Ryukyu people)

"The Stieler's Hand Atlas" (drawed a national line westside of Senkaku in 1867)

"The China Sea Directory" by British Navy (specified Senkaku as Japan before Japanese annexation)


Regretably, these words have not appeared in the work of Professor O’Hanlon. I hope I coud have an opportunity to discuss history with him.