In poll, Japan rebuffs China’s claim to islands; Abe’s approval rating soars

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One year after China’s government erupted over Japan’s decision to buy three islands in the Senkaku chain from private investors, a decision dubbed by politicians as “nationalization,” a whopping 69.6 percent of Japanese in a recent public opinion poll endorsed the government’s action.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.  /AP
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. /AP

Respondents to the poll clearly put blame for the escalation of tensions between China and Japan on the Beijing government.

In the past year, the Chinese government has dramatically upped the ante against Japan over the Senkakus.

Wars have been threatened and provocative military and maritime police maneuvers were constantly conducted by Chinese authorities to challenge Japan’s hold on these small islands.

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