By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida on Thursday said the statement made by Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou on Wednesday that Okinotori is an atoll, not an island is unacceptable.
Japan has asked its representative office in Taiwan, Interchange Association (JAPAN), to express its protest, Kishida said.
The status of Okinotori as island is assured according to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, and therefore the island is entitled to the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), said Kishida at a regular press conference on Thursday.
Japan’s major media outlets such as the Asahi Shimbun and the Mainichi reported on Thursday that the Japanese government had lodged its protest against Taiwan’s claim that Okinotori is an atoll through the IAJ. [FULL STORY]