The latest push on Okinawa also follows last year’s spat
between Japan’s coastguard and a Chinese trawler, which badly mauled bilateral relations and added to Japanese conservative paranoia about Beijing
’s strategic aims in Asia. Conservatives in Japan are now increasingly vocal about China’s growing military clout, with some speculating
that it is operating spies and provocateurs in Okinawa, the prelude to an eventual claim on the islands.