Japan needs to appeal territorial stance in English: panel

A government panel will propose strengthening Japan's capability for appealing its stance on territorial issues to the world in English, a draft of the panel's proposals showed Saturday.

The panel, which has discussed how to appeal the Japanese position on territory and sovereignty, will submit the proposals to Ichita Yamamoto, state minister in charge of territorial issues, in early July following final discussion on Tuesday.

Japan has been involved in territorial disputes with China over the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea and with South Korea over Takeshima in the Sea of Japan.

The panel will also propose Japan sponsor international symposiums on territorial issues and provide financial assistance to private research institutions that handle dissertations written in English.

It will also urge the government to compile an answer book so Japanese nationals and companies overseas could contribute to appealing the Japanese stance and to establish a new research institute to collect materials and documents relating to territorial problems, according to the draft.