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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

A seback for Taiwan

Two online articles on the same topic this morning: "Top court rules China, not Taiwan, owns dorm" from the Daily Yomiuri http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/20070328TDY01005.htm and "Top court nullifies rulings siding with Taiwan on dorm" from the Japan Times http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20070328a2.html. Japan's Supreme Court 最高裁判所 has ruled in a 40-year-old case that, even though Taiwan purchased the dormitory for Chinese students in Kyoto 京都 in 1952, the ROC government cannot represent the Chinese nation in a lawsuit as Japan switched recognition to the government in Beijing back in 1972. By ruling that Taiwan cannot be a litigant in a lawsuit and that ownership of the dorm belongs to China, the Supreme Court has overturned four lower-court rulings. Here's the story in Japanese from the 読売新聞: http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/national/news/20070327i211.htm

UPDATE: The Japan Times has an editorial today (Sunday, April 1) on the case http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/ed20070401a2.html, wondering if political concerns played a part in the final decison. According to this column, the Supreme Court did not determine who actually has ownership of the dormitory, and Taiwan could file a new lawsuit seeking ownership confirmation. What's another forty years?

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