On January 22, 1895, the Home Ministry sent a draft directive for the governor of Okinawa Prefecture based on Naikaku Hi (cabinet approval) 16 to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to discuss the details of the draft. The Home Ministry submitted the draft under the name "Meiji nijurokunen juichigatsu futsuka zuke ko dai hyakujuichi go joshin hyoko kensetsu ni kansuru ken kikitodoku" (Approval of Ko 111 Petition Regarding Construction of Markers, November 2, 1893) to be signed by both the home and foreign ministers. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs made a clean copy of the directive, stamped it, and sent it back to the Home Ministry on February 2. (Ref. 1)
Note: Accordingly, this directive must have been sent to Okinawa Prefecture on February 3 or later.
Ref.1 ："Kubashima Uotsurishima e honken shokatsu hyoko kensetsu no ken" (Regarding Construction of Markers Showing Kuba Island and Uotsuri Island Are Under Prefectural Jurisdiction), Hibetsu (Secret Document Annex) 133, in Teikoku hanto kankei zakken (Matters Related to Imperial Territory) 1-4-1-7, from the Diplomatic Archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.
"Senkaku Retto dai 2 shu" (The Senkaku Islands Second Feature), in Kikan Okinawa (Okinawa Quarterly) 63 (December 31, 1972), pp. 121-122.
Kikan Okinawa is the journal of Nanpo Doho Engokai (Assistance Association for Okinawa and Ogasawara Islands).
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