Tokyo governor scraps China visit over `yakuza` behaviour

Tokyo`s outspoken conservative governor Shintaro Ishihara said on Tuesday he would scrap a visit to Beijing over Japan`s row with China, likening its behaviour to that of "yakuza" gangsters.

Last Updated: Sep 21, 2010, 18:59 PM IST

Tokyo: Tokyo`s outspoken conservative
governor Shintaro Ishihara said on Tuesday he would scrap a visit
to Beijing over Japan`s row with China, likening its behaviour
to that of "yakuza" gangsters.

Ishihara, a vehemently anti-communist politician, also
urged Japan`s government to take "active measures" over the
dispute, centred on Japan`s arrest of a Chinese fishing boat
captain in disputed waters.
Ishihara said he would cancel a scheduled October 12-13
visit to Beijing when the Chinese capital hosts a forum of
mayors from 45 cities worldwide.

"I will never go to China, to such a country," he told
reporters.

Jiji Press reported he also likened Beijing`s strong
reaction to the captain`s arrest to "what yakuza mobsters do".

According to an online report in the conservative Sankei
Shimbun daily, he also advocated a strong military line
against China.
"Why doesn`t the government take active measures? For
example, if a Japanese submarine intrudes into the territorial
waters of South Korea, North Korea or China, it will be
bombed. Why doesn`t Japan do that?

"I think the Defence Ministry had better conduct defence
drills with the United States at the Senkakus," he said, using
the Japanese name for the disputed island chain that is called
Diaoyu by China.

PTI