Today is February 22nd, Takeshima Day in Shimane Prefecture, Japan.
2 years ago Takeshima Day was established by the government of Shimane Prefecture in response to angry fishermen protesting against being excluded from Fishing around Takeshima/Dokdo islands, and to encourage the central government to take stronger steps to ensure Japanese sovereignty of the island.
The Japanese central government did not want Shimane Prefecture to declare Takeshima Day as the central government wanted to take a low key approach (which had been unsuccessful).
Japan’s central government tried to get the Shimane Prefecture to give up plans to pass the legislation. Both sides say they are keen to avoid the dispute hurting wider relations between the countries.
The articles of the Takeshima Day ordinance are –
Article 1. Takeshima Day shall be instituted in order to promote a movement by the citizens of the prefecture, its cities, towns and villages united as one aimed at establishment of territorial rights on Takeshima at an early date and at enlightening the opinions of the nation with respect to the issue of Takeshima.
Article 2. Takeshima Day shall be Feb. 22.
Article 3. The prefecture shall strive to implement measures and policies necessary to promote undertakings befitting the purposes and objectives of Takeshima Day.
Shimane Prefecture is one of the poorest Prefectures in Japan, so the fishing issue is literally one about the financial survival of families dependent on the fishing industry.
Happy Takeshima Day to all the readers of Occidentalism!