Being a Japanophile himself, he is not going to show us this map below, which I fully understand as I recognize his need to pursue the cute Hello Kitties. My English is not good, so I would borrow his words below. I believe (hope) Lord Curzon, as a British gentleman, would not sue me for plagiarism :)
- "All country’s have “generous” claims, but Japan’s got them all beat with its expansive claims that even include the semi-submerged rock Okinotori, got into dispute with China, Russia and Korea (i.e. every single neighbor it comes across). Not an expansionist power? Peaceful for the past 60 years? They make it hard to think they ain’t." -- plagiarized from Lord Curzon
- I can also go into the quantification of claimed sea area over land area, # disputed neighbor/#neighbors, historic agression/expansion, or even the claim furthest away from your historic 'mainland', you name it. You know who the winner will be.
Finally, so are Asians greedy? Not really, according this post, or this table. Of course, I can go into the Excel spreadsheet and compare the area/cap occupied (Mongolian probably win, together with Macedonians, but the next few in the lists are not Asians), or occupied area/natural habitat area (British would lead Mongol by a few more streets). I am sure the answers would be similar.
p.s. Our map prodigy Curzon seems to be confused about the Kurils. (Japan renounced the Northern Kurils chain of islets in 1951, and also Southern half of Sakhalin - btw, Sakhalin was owned by Qing Empire and called Ku-ye before taken by Russians, Japanese occupied it after Russo-Japanese War, 1906-1945) Here is the Asiatimes article about the situation, and good maps.
Four islands: Etorofu, Kunashiri, Shikotan, Habomai.
Total area = 5036.0 km2