Angry Skies: Japanese Jets Scramble as Tensions With China Escalate

Rival territorial claims see worrying rise in antagonistic air and sea maneuvers

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A Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-2 fighter jet takes off during the U.S-Japan biennial joint bilateral field-training exercise Keen Sword 2013 at Misawa air base in Aomori prefecture on Nov. 5, 2012

The skies over Okinawa are often perilous, with sudden squalls complicating air traffic over this subtropical Japanese outpost. In recent months, the treacherous airspace has gotten even busier, with Japanese fighter jets based in Naha, the capital of Okinawa prefecture, scrambling in record numbers as tensions between China and Japan spiral over a scattering of disputed islands. The uninhabited outcroppings in the East China Sea, called the Senkaku in Japanese and the Diaoyu in Chinese, are currently administered by Japan but China maintains historic claims to them.

The situation is particularly tense at the moment because of a collision of sensitive anniversaries. Sept. 18 is the 82nd anniversary of Japan’s brutal invasion of northern China. And a year ago on Sept. 11, the Japanese government nationalized some of the disputed islands, provoking protests in Chinese cities where anti-Japanese sentiment simmers. From April 1, 2012 through June 30, 2012, 15 Japanese jets were scrambled 15 times as a result of perceived threats from China, whether by sea or air. During the same period this year, the number jumped to 69. “It’s not as if there’s no connection between the Senkaku nationalization and the increase in scramblings,” says Naha air-base commander Major General Yasuhiko Suzuki, with typical Japanese understatement, as F-15s from his base roared overhead.

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On Sept. 9, the Japanese government confirmed for the first time that an unmanned Chinese drone had flown over Japan, not so far from the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands. (It did not violate Japanese airspace.) The day before, Chinese bombers traced another landmark course over Okinawa but again veered away from actually entering Japanese skies. Over the past year, Chinese warships have made historic forays into waters near the contested islands, as have flotillas of Chinese coast-guard vessels that Beijing says are merely patrolling around Chinese waters. The seas around the disputed spits of land are rich in natural resources, from oil and natural gas to fish stocks.

Animosity between Asia’s two biggest powers is nothing new. But tensions were certainly heightened after the Japanese government nationalized three of the disputed islands last September. The controversial move was aimed, the Japanese government says, to prevent the islands from falling into the hands of Tokyo’s nationalist governor, who threatened to buy the outcroppings from their private Japanese owners. But Beijing, which in recent years has been more vocally asserting its territorial claims, took exception to the nationalization of the islands. (The tiny islands are also claimed by Taiwan.)

Shinzo Abe, the hawkish Japanese Prime Minister who came to power late last year, has presided over a boosting of Japan’s military hardware and defense spending in recent months. On Sept. 17, Japanese media reported that the nation’s Defense Ministry was considering shooting down drones, if future violations of Japanese airspace were to threaten people’s lives. Japan’s postwar constitution, which was devised by the victorious Americans, limits the nation to defensive maneuvers. But any mooted military action, including a strike against drones, is certain to provoke national debate.

With nationalist rhetoric emanating both from Abe’s administration and that of Chinese President Xi Jinping, the Diaoyu/Senkaku dispute has taken on a geopolitical significance that far outweighs the isles’ miniscule footprint. In the meantime, the pilots at Naha air base are busier than ever. “Yes, the stress level has increased because of the scramblings,” admits Atsushi “Riceman” Takahashi, a veteran fighter pilot who now instructs younger charges. “But the scramblings also show our pride in keeping the national security of our domain.” Doubtless Riceman’s Chinese counterparts, who are expanding their own presence in Asian skies, would say just the same.

— With reporting by Chie Kobayashi / Naha

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zephon-baal
zephon-baal

One of the anniversaries mentioned in the article is the Mukden Incident.

Study the Mukden Incident: 

Where Japanese Troops created a plot which included the blowing up of a railway bridge in what was then Japanese controlled territory in China gained from Germany after the end of WWI to create an excuse to expand their territorial holdings in China into Manchuria. The Japanese lied and blamed this railway bridge detonation as if it were a terrorist act by Chinese Nationalists and used this pretext to invade Chinese Manchuria immediately afterward.

Just one of a history of lies like those accusing Americans like myself that are working to help educate others of Japan's intentions and history of atrocities that they deny to this day.

http://history.state.gov/milestones/1921-1936/Mukden_incident


oamuwtikcus
oamuwtikcus

Wumao are paid shills working for the chinese government

dbb2016
dbb2016

I'm supporting the country that has the wit to name one of their top pilots, "Riceman."  Too much, daddy-o.  All hail Japan!

zephon-baal
zephon-baal

One of the most interesting things one can investigate is the origins of the Japanese people.

If you review the research of the Japanese X and Y chromosomes you will find that they are largely made from Korean and Korean come from Han Chinese genotypes.

While migrations likely come from Siberia down the Kamchatka peninsula during the last Ice Age when a land bridge existed there to Japan.

Overall the Japanese people are Han Chinese.


zephon-baal
zephon-baal

There was a time where US Policy to China started to shine some light on our good intentions with proper morals and ethics.

In World War 1 China sent 140,000 labourers to work in the factories of Europe as their part in that war effort.

Unfortunately, Japan while under the angst of Europe and the Americans, after declaring no intentions to control territory in China sent the following telegram to America...

From Count Okuma, the Premier of Japan sent a telegram to the press in America, saying: "Japan's proximity to China breeds many absurd rumours; but I declare that Japan acts with a clear conscience in conformity with justice, and in perfect accord with her Ally. Japan has no territorial ambitions and hopes to stand as the protector of the peace in the Orient."

Soon thereafter Japan invaded China taking large portions of Shandong province. After having made large military strides into China with the Japanese Military Japan forced large concessions on China basically making the newly formed Chinese Republic a vassal state to Japan.

In response our President formally notified Japan:

"In view of the circumstances of the negotiations which have taken place or which are now pending between the Government of China and the Government of Japan and the agreements which have been reached and as a result thereof, the Government of the United States has the honour to notify the Government of the Chinese Republic that it cannot recognize any agreement or undertaking which has been entered into, or which may be entered into between the Governments of China and Japan impairing the treaty rights of the United States and its citizens in China, the political or territorial integrity of the Republic of China, or the international policy, commonly known as the open door policy."

So Japan lies in the pretext of the Invasion of China only to gain territory there under the auspices of World War I. This after having taken the Ryukyu Kingdom now known as Okinawa which was an independent kingdom at the end of the 19th century. Then Japan took Chinese Formosa (now known as Taiwan).

These wars of aggression of Japan were what caused the tensions we see today in Chinese sovereign territory.

The Chinese have not forgotten.

Have we Americans forgotten???


oamuwtikcus
oamuwtikcus

Notice the racial slurs used by the paid Chinese posters about the Japanese people. The CCP is the enemy of America, Japan, all Asians, and even the Chinese people. Down with paid CCP Chinese racists. 

oamuwtikcus
oamuwtikcus

Wumao are paid posters working for the Chinese government

zephon-baal
zephon-baal

The forced surrender of Ryukyu Kingdom, today Okinawa, which was formerly an independent nation taken at the start of Japan's wars of aggression had the insightful words from the last independent thoughts of the Ryukyu people from their leader:

nuchidu takara” (life is a treasure)

A symbol of their passion for peace and why the people of the Ryukyu did not fight against the invading Japanese forces.

We should remember this great people for their hospitality and peacefulness and support the people their of any efforts of independence from Japan.

We could start by removing our soldiers and weapons from Okinawa.

If Japan wants American protection (they currently give a small pittance of the costs of our military expenses) - we should put our troops and defense bases on Japanese soil.

I stand by our commitment to defend Japan's main 4 Islands from acts of aggression from any country.

Meanwhile Japan should dispose of all nuclear weapons grade material that they have stockpiled to quickly develop nuclear weapons and they should pay the complete costs of American defense to their nation.

Meanwhile we should ensure the Japanese people know the true history of their wars of aggression and the atrocious crimes they committed that have been erased from their history books.




oamuwtikcus
oamuwtikcus

Political astroturfing by the “50 Cent Party” is a well known phenomenon in China, with legions of commenters paid to push the government line: see, for example, CDT’s translation of likely 50 Cent posts responding to February’s calls for a Chinese Jasmine Revolution. Such activity is by no means restricted to the political sphere, however. MIT’s Technology Review describes recent research into commercial astroturfing on the Chinese Internet whose authors aim to develop automatic countermeasures.


Today, Cheng Chen at the University of Victoria in Canada and a few pals describe how Cheng worked undercover as a paid poster on Chinese websites to understand how the Internet Water Army [so-called because they "flood" targeted sites] works. He and his friends then used what he learnt to create software that can spot paid posters automatically ….


That’s an impressive piece of work and a good first step towards combating this problem, although they’ll need to test it on a much wider range of datasets. Nevertheless, these guys have the basis of a software package that will weed out a significant fraction of paid posters, provided these people conform to the stereotype that Cheng and co have measured.


And therein lies the rub. As soon as the first version of the software hits the market, paid posters will learn to modify their behaviour in a way that games the system. What Cheng and co have started is a cat and mouse game just like those that plague the antivirus and spam filtering industries.

zephon-baal
zephon-baal

For the fools out there that think any American that has studied Asian history (and yes China is a part of Asia) and can write about China is a paid Chinese propaganda tool ... you only shame and embarrass us.

I know there are many wise Americans out there. And finally our diplomacy with China is turning a corner and becoming realistic. If for no other reason the Chinese want to work with us for a better world and our American businesses need a shot of adrenalin.

For me... I have studied this for nearly 40 years. Starting with my training at the US Naval Academy and I am getting sick of fools coming in here and saying I am Chinese. With nothing better than that to say. I love discourse but please no more fraking morons.


zephon-baal
zephon-baal

Americans need to understand that the hate of Chinese has been beaten into our brains for over a century.

We created the monster that is ourselves.

This current mess we are in is what will keep us from growing and hold the world back at the same time.

Thankfully we are changing ever so slowly. 

Because today the greatest opportunity for Americans and our future depends on our relationship with China.

Ford and GM now sell more cars in China than they do in the USA. Several hundred million Chinese will enter the middle class this century and if we do not get our act together and take this opportunity like we know we can - expect other countries especially the Germans to start eating our lunch.

Beware of Thucydides Trap.


oamuwtikcus
oamuwtikcus

Check out wikidepedia for informaiton on the 50 cent army or wumaos, paid Chinese  shills of the CCP. Zephon is a wumao working out of the Global Times propaganda bureau 

oamuwtikcus
oamuwtikcus

look at the Chinese paid posters working here trying to lecture Japan, maybe first these paid shills of the CCP should acknowledge Great Leap Forward, Cultural Revolution, Tiananmen 1989 wumao. You Chinese lecture Japan, such hypocrites. 

And dont forget Tibet which Chinese colonized. 

zephon-baal
zephon-baal

People should understand that technically, even Okinawa should not be part of Japan.

At the end of WWII the surrender agreement with Japan stated that Japan be limited to the 4 main Islands of Japan. Okinawa was not one of those minor Islands.

Okinawa should rightfully return to it's former status, which was an independent country, formerly the Ryukyu Kingdom.

We Americans made many mistakes at the end of WWII, allowing Japan to have Okinawa was just one of them.

Probably does not matter much now as Japan has destroyed much of what was Ryukyu in it's genocide of the peaceful people there known for their hospitality before the Japanese came.

At the end of WWII there were discussions between USA and China of joint trusteeship of Okinawa. This ended when Mao won the Civil war there.



zephon-baal
zephon-baal

Interesting to find these Japanese posters here trying to insult us Americans with their lies.

Lies and disinformation are something the Japanese are known for.

Like stating their attack on Pearl Harbor was an act of self-defense. That they attacked us without a declaration of war because of a administrative SNAFU. Something their diplomatic records we uncovered after their defeat to be a complete lie.

Back on topic.

Study the Mukden Incident: 

Where Japanese Troops created a plot which included the blowing up of a railway bridge in what was then Japanese controlled territory in China gained from Germany after the end of WWI to create an excuse to expand their territorial holdings in China into Manchuria. The Japanese lied and blamed this railway bridge detonation as if it were a terrorist act by Chinese Nationalists and used this pretext to invade Chinese Manchuria immediately afterward.

Just one of a history of lies like those accusing Americans like myself that are working to help educate others of Japan's intentions and history of atrocities that they deny to this day.

oamuwtikcus
oamuwtikcus

Americans, I urge you to google 50cent army and wumao to learn about the paid Chinese shills working here posting CCP propaganda

AazobaYuzuki
AazobaYuzuki

surprised those chinese drones didn't fall apart during flight

呵呵
呵呵

Japanese are running for the hells.

oamuwtikcus
oamuwtikcus

Wumaos are paid Chinese propagandists such as Zephon. Shuami, and Bill Carpenter. Wikipedia has lots of information on these Chinese sockpuppets, I recommend you research yourself and also spread the information. 

zephon-baal
zephon-baal

There was a time where US Policy to China started to shine some light on our good intentions with proper morals and ethics.

In World War 1 China sent 140,000 labourers to work in the factories of Europe as their part in that war effort.

Unfortunately, Japan while under the angst of Europe and the Americans, after declaring no intentions to control territory in China sent the following telegram to America...

From Count Okuma, the Premier of Japan sent a telegram to the press in America, saying: "Japan's proximity to China breeds many absurd rumours; but I declare that Japan acts with a clear conscience in conformity with justice, and in perfect accord with her Ally. Japan has no territorial ambitions and hopes to stand as the protector of the peace in the Orient."

Soon thereafter Japan invaded China taking large portions of Shandong province. After having made large military strides into China with the Japanese Military Japan forced large concessions on China basically making the newly formed Chinese Republic a vassal state to Japan.

In response our President formally notified Japan:

"In view of the circumstances of the negotiations which have taken place or which are now pending between the Government of China and the Government of Japan and the agreements which have been reached and as a result thereof, the Government of the United States has the honour to notify the Government of the Chinese Republic that it cannot recognize any agreement or undertaking which has been entered into, or which may be entered into between the Governments of China and Japan impairing the treaty rights of the United States and its citizens in China, the political or territorial integrity of the Republic of China, or the international policy, commonly known as the open door policy."

So Japan lies in the pretext of the Invasion of China only to gain territory there under the auspices of World War I. This after having taken the Ryukyu Kingdom now known as Okinawa which was an independent kingdom at the end of the 19th century. Then Japan took Chinese Formosa (now known as Taiwan).

These wars of aggression of Japan were what caused the tensions we see today in Chinese sovereign territory.

The Chinese have not forgotten.

Have we Americans forgotten???


oamuwtikcus
oamuwtikcus

Ladies and Gentlemen. Please be informed that China's Wu Mao Party, also known as the 50 Cent Party, is now actively engaged in spreading pro-China propaganda on Yahoo news. These individuals are paid web commenters who surf the web under the guise of regular people and seek to sway public opinion by presenting unrelenting pro-China views to counter and overcome any negative ones. They also routinely blast any critics or opponents of the Communist Party of China.


At home the 50 Cent Party activities amounts to something a little short of "thought policing." Real Chinese have grown accustomed to the constant barrage of propaganda 'white noise.' Overseas however, effects of 50 Cent 'astro-turfing' can be worse. Unaware Americans are being subjected to Chinese psychological warfare. It is something short of an act of war, but they are direct acts of sabotage as they ruin the overall quality and purpose of web browsing. In order to counter the 50 Cent Army, responsible netizens should create as much anti-Communist Party of China buzz as possible whenever they come across posts by suspected 50 Cent'ers. Be aware they often adopt western sounding names but sport oddly mangled syntax and strangely euphoric yet similarly pre-scripted lines like how they love the "Chinese people" or "lived in China for a while." At best whoever pays the 50 Cent'ers will see their program is not working which could lead to it's demise. At worst you can get a 50 Cent grunt to flip out and lash out at us "western idiots" and "seh gwai lo's." They don't get paid their standard per post fee for overly negative ones that may end up alienating their targets.


Furthermore Wu Mao 50 Cent Army posts in certain cases express messages of hatred, like "hate the Dali Lama" or hate "civil rights activist terrorists." 50 Cent Army posters have a difficult time presenting the soft sell in these politically sensitive instances. They are easy to recognize as a result and can be easily baited to reveal themselves.


The point is to make it as difficult as possible to do their jobs. We can't ignore them like the Chinese people do or like them we will find these people will NOT go away. Granted the Chinese people have no other choice, but we must exercise our still existing power to do something before we find ourselves in the same boat.


Public information on the 50 Cent Party/Army can be readily found on wikipedia and around the "free" net. Truth, justice and peace.

ASEANAmerica
ASEANAmerica

@zephon-baal I'm not sure if that other poster is a Falon Gong nutcase but one thing he seems to be right about is you. You guys have blown up this thread but your behavior does indeed suggest you are a Chinese propagandist. First your cut and pasting of articles repeatedly not only here but on other threads (you are aware that one can see the comment history of a poster by clicking on their name right?) strongly hints that you are not a poster interested in dialog but one trying to carry out a mission.  

Your use of racial epithets is quite offensive as is your claim to be former USN. Those of us who have served and whose parents and grandparents have also served do not take kindly to foreigners claiming this honor. Your conduct and behavior does not reflect that of someone who has served in the Navy. Myself and many other ex-military have served in Japan during deployments abroad and the vast majority have nothing but respect for admiration of the Japanese people. Certainly none of us would troll the internet using racial slurs against Japanese people in the defense of the Chinese communist government of all things. While Japan has issues with its history much as we Americans have difficulty acknowledging our own missteps, this pales in comparison with the PRC which actively supports historical revisionism and seeks to whitewash the bloody hands of the Party. You seem to be a testament to this whitewashing,

I don't know if you think you are being effective but  there is one thing that you and your fellow Chinese posters who do this as a living should reflect on; you are only making the image of China worse. Chinese come across as desperate, clingy, and needy of acceptance not for who they are but for who you want to pretend to be. I hope you can find a better path in life my friend, as I am sure this is not profession you dreamed of entering as a child nor is it one that provides fulfillment or status in the eyes of your friends and family. Aim higher, if you really want to become an American even that is possible, the US is great and accepting country. 

zephon-baal
zephon-baal

I should have added that while these land migrations occurred other migrations came by sea. As much of polynesia and into the Americas were settled by this route.

Australia aboriginals and other polynesian migrations also came by way of India.

Some of the earliest American settlements are as far south as Chile at a time that precursors the North American migration through the Kelp Highway that has now mostly supplanted the land bridge hypothesis creating the northern lineage of native Americans most closely associated with the Clovis culture.

mrwawanyc
mrwawanyc

@oamuwtikcus 

grow up.. today's enemy it's tomorrow's friend... haven't you seen enough through out history..

Friend China, enemy Japan , Friend Russia, enemy Germany 1940

Freiend Japan, enemy China,  Friend Germany, enemy Russia 2013

zephon-baal
zephon-baal

Not only do I not see any paid Chinese posters here but also the only racist comment seen here was by those calling chinese people monkeys.

Sorry to make you look foolish again.

oamuwtikcus
oamuwtikcus

@zephon-baal Your racial slurs about Japanese people are unacceptable. You have been reported to the moderators here at Time for your racist posts. We will shut you Chinese paid posters down. 

oamuwtikcus
oamuwtikcus

@zephon-baal wumao, perhaps you Chinese should address your own imperialist grab of Tibet. You paid shills are hypocrites. China must vacate Tibet, then you Chinese can lecture the Japanese. wumao

zephon-baal
zephon-baal

You japs must really be afraid of America joining with China to make the world a better place,

You history of lies and misinformation is catching up to you.

Americans like myself are keeping an eye out and will be there to disgrace you for what you really are.

Must make you sick when Biden stated we Americans and China are working closer together and need to make even more improvements in our relationship to improve the world yesterday...


LOL

oamuwtikcus
oamuwtikcus

@zephon-baal Stay in China you wumao shill. wumao are paid internet commenters working for the Chinese goverment, check out wikipedia for more information on these cheap sellouts such as Zephon who works for the global times

zephon-baal
zephon-baal

Born and raised an American and work for nobody but myself.

I am a retired USN officer.

So why will you not tell us where you were born and raised and who you work for you - as you appear to be Japanese imposter paid to lie here for your Jap masters.

oamuwtikcus
oamuwtikcus

@zephon-baal Lets hear more about the Great Leap Forward, Cultural Revolution, Tiananmen 1989 wumao. You Chinese lecture Japan, such hypocrites. 

oamuwtikcus
oamuwtikcus

@zephon-baal You are a Chinese poster working for the Chinese Global Times propaganda arm. Your boss is Hu Xijin, you are nothing more than a  cheap wumao. Stop pretending to be an American wumao. You not proud of your Chinese heritage? I wouldn't be either with your CCP masters in charge. 

zephon-baal
zephon-baal

You are a complete nutcase.

So where are you from and who pays you to write nonsense here.

zephon-baal
zephon-baal

@oamuwtikcus you are a complete nutcase.

Please tell us where you are from and where do you live?

As an American born and raised I find your posts insulting to us.

oamuwtikcus
oamuwtikcus

@ASEANAmerica @zephon-baal I am not falun gong, I don't associate with them whatsoever. Nothing crazy about putting out the information about these shills. Since you can see this Zephon for what he really is I hope you will spread the word

zephon-baal
zephon-baal

Just what other threads did I cut and paste on?? 

Furthermore it is posters like yourself that make false and wrong accusations against Americans like myself just infuriate us to write more. And I will continue to write the truth of history the more people like you make false accusations.

Lastly, I have no problems with the Japanese people in general. Neither have I ever made any racial slurs as you suggest against them.

It is there politicians. They are the ones that have lied to the people and made them basically the buffoons of the world.

As a proud American and retired USN officer I am ashamed of your character.

zephon-baal
zephon-baal

And just what racial slur would that be??? LOL.

zephon-baal
zephon-baal

Why don't you ask a Chinese person to address your accusations.

I would rather keep to the topic at hand - unlike yourself.

zephon-baal
zephon-baal

I would love to go to China someday as I have never been there before.

And paid Jap shrills here to post lies will only make me write more to show what fools you are.

zephon-baal
zephon-baal

I am an American Patriot fighting born and raised here to ensure people understand the truth of history.,

Something you Japs are afraid or to ignorant to admit.

Just like you being unable to tell us where you are from and where you were raised.

zephon-baal
zephon-baal

I am born and raised American. Nobody could pay me for what I write here.

But what about you, you fake Japanese shill paid your masters to post disinformation and lies here.

Please tell where you were born and raised or are you ashamed of your heritage...

zephon-baal
zephon-baal

If anyone here appears to be a paid imposter promoting propaganda for a foreign country...

It appears to be @oamuwtikcus by use of psychological projection is most likely paid by the Japanese to promote disinformation here.

Not only am I a proud born and raised American but I served in our military.

Ever met anyone tortured by the Japanese in WWII.

I have. They were on the Bataan Death March. I suggest all my fellow Americans learn from these brave Americans history and mistreatment by the Japanese. Cannibalism to forced prostitution to just name a few of the crimes the Japanese forced on their prisoners... if you were lucky you became slave labor.

zephon-baal
zephon-baal

Next time ask somebody from China that question and on a forum where that question is relevant to the topic at hand.

Maybe then you can learn something about history... then again that is probably asking to much.

oamuwtikcus
oamuwtikcus

@zephon-baal @oamuwtikcus I suggest you learn about your own Chinese history first wumao, start with Mao Zedong and the Great Leap Forward which killed many more of you Chinese than the Japanese ever did. Racist wumao.