Friends passed along these interesting tidbits of information:

“Around the turn of this century, an enterprising Japanese named Koga brought in scores of seasonal workers, food and supplies each year to develop Tiao-yu, Huang wei and Nan-hsiao [the three Senkaku islands-- MT]. Houses, reservoirs, docks, warehouses and sewers were built and experimental planting was conducted. Koga was engaged in the business of collecting guano and albatross feathers, bonito canning, and bird stuffing. His business was discontinued in 1915 because of the high cost. After his death in 1918, his son continued his fish canning and bird stuffing businesses until the early 1940’s, when all operations were terminated and enterprises abandoned.”

Ying-jeou Ma, “Legal Problems of Seabed Boundary Delimitation in the East China Sea,” Occasional Papers/Reprints Series in Contemporary Asian Studies, Number 3 – 1984 (62), School of Law, University of Maryland, 1984, pp 92-93.

Check out the author’s name on that above piece. The second relates to the US position on the Senkakus/Diayutais:

“The 1960 US-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security applies to territories under the administration of Japan, including the Senkaku Islands. In November 1996, Assistant Secretary of Defense Campbell stated that the basic position of the US is that the Japan-US security treaty would cover the Senkaku Islands. Secretary of Defense William Perry reconfirmed this fact on 03 December 1996.

On March 24, 2004, Adam Ereli, Deputy Spokesman at the US State Deparment said “The Senkaku Islands have been under the administrative control of the Government of Japan since having been returned as part of the reversion of Okinawa in 1972. Article 5 of the 1960 U.S.-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security states that the treaty applies to the territories under the administration of Japan; thus, Article 5 of the Mutual Security Treaty applies to the Senkaku Islands. Sovereignty of the Senkaku Islands is disputed. The U.S. does not take a position on the question of the ultimate sovereignty of the Senkaku Diaoyu Islands. This has been our longstanding view. We expect the claimants will resolve this issue through peaceful means and we urge all claimants to exercise restraint.”"

News is that the Presidential Office and KMT HQ are reigning in the idiot legislators.