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The Territory of Japan

The Territory of Japan

Its History and Legal Basis

Serita Kentaro
Translated by Alex Meyer

Political Science


Published by JPIC | Hardcover | ISBN 978-4-86658-016-6 | 264 pages | 210mm (h) x 148mm (w) | March 2018

About the Book

The Northern Territories, Takeshima, and the Senkaku Islands—what exactly is the territorial extent of Japan? To answer this fundamental question, the author, an authority on international law, retraces and analyzes the history of negotiations over these territories, while also setting forth his vision of the future of issues concerning territorial land, air, and sea.

Chapter 1 Development of Japan’s Territory

Chapter 2 The Northern Territories (Kunashiri Island, Etorofu Island, Habomai Islands, and Shikotan Island)

Chapter 3 The Senkaku Islands

Chapter 4 Takeshima

Chapter 5 Territorial Sea and Exclusive Economic Zone

Chapter 6 Exclusive Economic Zones between Japan and the Republic of Korea, and Japan and China

Chapter 7 A Proposal for Stability and Coexistence in East Asia

Chapter 8 Territorial Air Space and Air Defense Identification Zones

About the Author

SERITA Kentaro

SERITA Kentaro was born in 1941 in former Manchuria. He graduated from the Faculty of Law at Kyoto University. He has served as Professor of International Law, Faculty of Law at Kobe University from 1981; Dean of the Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies at Kobe University from 1994; and Professor Emeritus at Kobe University from 2004. He was also formerly the Dean of the Law School at Aichi Gakuin University and President of Kyoto Notre Dame University.

He is an expert in international law and international human rights law, and author of works that include Kenpo to kokusai kankyo (Japan’s Constitution in the International Environment (revised edition)), Kokusai jinken joyaku shiryoshu (The International Bill of Human Rights (document collection)), Eijuusha no kenri (The Rights of Permanent Residents), Fuhenteki kokusai shakai no seiritsu to kokusaiho (Building on the Global Community and International Law), Shima no ryoyu to keizai suiiki no kyokai kakutei (Sovereignty over Islands and the Delimitation of Economic Zones), and various international treaties. In 2017, he received the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon for his academic achievements.


Serita is able to fairly deftly navigate the reader through these rocky issues, before presenting his own suggestion — a clever solution that could quickly end the disputes, if all sides could agree.

Released in 2018, this book is a translation of the 2010 update of Serita’s 2002 work, 日本の領土(Nihon no Ryōdo). It remains a highly valuable volume for gaining a strong foundation of these three disputes, and will be especially useful for scholars seeking background.

Chad Kohalyk, November 7, 2020

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