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Taiwanese, Japanese ships confront near Diaoyu Islands
The fishing vessel of a group of activists from Taiwan was obstructed on Thursday by Japanese coast guard ships in the waters surrounding the Diaoyu Islands, but failed to make a landing.
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Taiwan fishing vessel sails to Diaoyu Island
A Taiwanese fishing vessel left for Diaoyu Island on January 24 under the protection of ships from Taiwan's coast guard.
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US, Japan conduct joint military drill
US and Japanese fighter jets have carried out joint air exercises over Pacific waters off southwest Japan.
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China to keep close tabs on US-Japan island drill
This handout picture taken by the Japanese Defence Ministry on Tuesday shows a Chinese warship cruising in waters between two Japanese islands in Okinawa prefecture, in the East China Sea. Seven Chinese warships, including two destroyers were spotted in waters near a Japanese island, the defence ministry said. Photo: AFP
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FM: Japan's seeking int'l help over islands dispute in vain
Japan is attempting to bolster its claim over the Diaoyu Islands internationally. Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba will visit Britain, France and Germany this week to push Tokyo’s case with international partners. China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hong Lei said Japan’s efforts will be in vain.
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Chinese, Japanese vice FMs consult on Diaoyu Islands issue
Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun (2nd L) holds talks with Japanese Deputy Foreign Minister Chikao Kawai (not pictured) on bilateral relations, especially on the issue concerning the Diaoyu Islands in Beijing on Sept. 25. Photo: Xinhua
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Diaoyu patrols reinforced
The intensity of anti-Japanese protests has subsided in Chinese cities since Wednesday, a day after a key anniversary that marked a Japanese invasion 81 years ago, and many Japanese enterprises operating in China began have begun to resume business after a brief shutdown.
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Landings fan protest flames
China made representations to Japan over the "illegal landing" of Japanese right-wing activists on the Diaoyu Islands on Tuesday, saying that it is a serious provocation that infringes on China's territorial sovereignty. This Tuesday was also the 81st anniversary of Japan's invasion of China, making the day especially sensitive.
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Memorial day adds tension to Diaoyu row
A number of Japanese enterprises have suspended their operations in China before the 81st anniversary on Tuesday of the "September 18 Incident," which directly preceded Japan's invasion of Northeast China, out of concerns that tensions over the Diaoyu Islands would boil over and impact their business presence.
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Fishermen set sail for Diaoyu waters
About 1,000 fishing boats from Zhejiang and Fujian provinces set sail for the waters around the Diaoyu Islands on Monday, after a fishing moratorium in the East China Sea ended a day earlier.
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Diaoyu protests must be 'rational'
Recent protests, violent attacks and calls for boycotts from Chinese nationals in retaliation to Japan's "purchase" of the Diaoyu Islands have prompted the government and experts to call for calm among people angered by the territorial row.
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Japan signs
The Japanese government has signed the contract on the purchase of Diaoyu Islands in 2.05 billion yen ($26.15 million) with Kurihara family whom the Japanese side called "the private owner", NHK reported on September 11.
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Diaoyu activists return safely
Seven Chinese nationals detained by Japan after landing on the Diaoyu Islands returned to Hong Kong Friday evening, sparking a heated discussion on how to solve the Diaoyu Islands issue without harming Sino-Japanese relations.
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Diaoyu solution lies in strength and unity
The contest over Diaoyu tests China's will and wisdom, but the result ultimately depends on strength, and not only Japan's strength.
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Chinese people rallies in front of Japan embassy in Beijing on Saturday to protest Japan's so-called "control" over the Diaoyu Islands. Photo: GT/Li Hao
Chinese people rallies in front of Japan embassy in Beijing on Saturday to protest Japan's so-called "control" over the Diaoyu Islands. Photo: GT/Li Hao
Chinese people rallies in front of Japan embassy in Beijing on Saturday to protest Japan's so-called "control" over the Diaoyu Islands. Photo: GT/Li Hao
Chinese people rallies in front of Japan embassy in Beijing on Saturday to protest Japan's so-called "control" over the Diaoyu Islands. Photo: GT/Li Hao
Chinese people rallies in front of Japan embassy in Beijing on Saturday to protest Japan's so-called "control" over the Diaoyu Islands. Photo: GT/Li Hao
Chinese people rallies in front of Japan embassy in Beijing on Saturday to protest Japan's so-called "control" over the Diaoyu Islands. Photo: GT/Li Hao
Chinese people rallies in front of Japan embassy in Beijing on Saturday to protest Japan's so-called "control" over the Diaoyu Islands. Photo: GT/Li Hao
Chinese people rallies in front of Japan embassy in Beijing on Saturday to protest Japan's so-called "control" over the Diaoyu Islands. Photo: GT/Li Hao
Chinese people rallies in front of Japan embassy in Beijing on Saturday to protest Japan's so-called "control" over the Diaoyu Islands. Photo: GT/Li Hao
Chinese people rallies in front of Japan embassy in Beijing on Saturday to protest Japan's so-called "control" over the Diaoyu Islands. Photo: GT/Li Hao
Chinese people rallies in front of Japan embassy in Beijing on Saturday to protest Japan's so-called "control" over the Diaoyu Islands. Photo: GT/Li Hao
Chinese people rallies in front of Japan embassy in Beijing on Saturday to protest Japan's so-called "control" over the Diaoyu Islands. Photo: GT/Li Hao
Chinese people rallies in front of Japan embassy in Beijing on Saturday to protest Japan's so-called "control" over the Diaoyu Islands. Photo: GT/Li Hao
 
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US shows bias over Diaoyu Islands row


China expressed strong dissatisfaction after the outgoing US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed bias over the Diaoyu Islands disputes during a joint meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on January 18.


The People's Daily reiterated that China's bottom line is not to give up sovereignty of the Diaoyu Islands.

"US should know the meaning of the Daioyu Islands to China. The US has already borne historical responsibility for the Diaoyu Islands disputes by 'returning' the 'administrative jurisdiction' to Japan in the 1970s, and it should not agitate tensions by expressing biased opinions which may harm China-US relations," read the opinion piece.

The Beijing Times echoed in saying that Hillary's controversial comments do not help to ease tensions, saying "this is not the attitude a politician responsible to their country and history should have."
 

Abe's pre-election visit to Yasukuni adds insult to injury


With speculation surrounding Japan's Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leader Shinzo Abe becoming the next Prime Minister running high, Chinese media believed his visit to the Yasukuni Shrine Wednesday to be a political nod to rightists and nationalist voters ahead of Japan's election.

The Xinhua News Agency called Abe's visit to the shrine honoring Japan's war dead a "challenge to the human conscience."

Similarly, People's Daily opined that Abe's visit to the shrine demonstrates Japan's political ecology in miniature.

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Media calls for ‘rational’ protests against Japan’s ‘purchase’ of Diaoyu Islands

Weibo calls for Japanese boycott to remain 'rational'


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Tokyo’s strategic offensive: From Diaoyu Islands to Nay Pyi Taw
While Japan's high-profile move on the Diaoyu Islands is a direct confrontation against its neighbor, its actions in Myanmar are a secret detour against China.

Discard illusion of friendly ties with Japan
Keeping friendly neighboring ties is a good policy. But it cannot be achieved through one-sided begging and compromising.

Island purchase sinks hope of solving dispute
Japan's unilateral action has seriously damaged the diplomatic relations between China and Japan. The only possible means to save the bilateral diplomatic relations is to stop any form of "islands purchase."

Regaining Diaoyu needs long-term efforts
Japan has tight control over Diaoyu, but that control is not that defensible. China's maritime power should be reflected in the waters around Diaoyu. The confrontation with Japan will be a long-term one. China's development in the next few decades depends on the Diaoyu Islands.

Japan's domestic politics doesn't alter China's stance
China does not have a choice. Japan's provocations have challenged China's bottom line. If China does not fight back accordingly, it will become passive in the dispute and domestic cohesion will suffer too.
Xinhua
Xinhua News Agency

China's determination to safeguard sovereignty unshakable
From announcing base points and baselines of territorial waters of the Diaoyu Islands to the patrolling, China has taken just and legitimate actions to safeguard its sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands, which has won widespread applause from the Chinese public.
People
People's Daily

Diaoyu Islands will remain China's
A commentary in the People’s Daily says the Chinese government has been keen to defend its sovereignty over the Diaoyu islands and its affiliated islands. It says any of the Japanese attempts to occupy the islands will end in failure.
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Voyage Details
Source: People's Daily online

Departure time:
January 24, 2013
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Boarding time: 16:30 pm, August 15, the memorial day of victory over Japan during World War II
People: Several non-governmental activists are onboard the shipping vessel with a crew of seven people.

People:
A total of 15 activists on board, including four crew members and 11 activists from Hong Kong, Macao and the Chinese mainland.
Ship: a Taiwanese fishing vessel named “Happy Family” in English
Taiwan fishing vessel sails to Diaoyu Island
Ship: The ship belongs to the Action Committee for Defending the Diaoyu Islands.
Diaoyu
Task: to bring a sea goddess statue to the islands
Task: to reach the Diaoyu Islands and assert China’s sovereignty over the islands.
Route: The vessel departed from a fishing port in New Taiwan City and sailed to the contiguous zone at around 11: 05 am with four guarding ships of the Taiwan's coast guard authority. Route: start August 12 noon from Hong Kong;  go through the Taiwan Straits on August 14; reach the Diaoyu Islands on August 15
Difficulties: The five vessels returned at about 1 pm as they were impeded by ships of Japanese Coast Guard, according to Japan's broadcaster NHK.
Difficulties: be blocked by Japan’s Self-Defense Forces from landing on the islands.
Result: The Taiwanese fishing boat and four coast guard ships returned from contiguous waters of the Diaoyu Islands on January 24 without reaching the islands.
Result: 7 activists, including 4 from Hong Kong, 2 from Chinese Mainland and 1 from Macao, landed on Diaoyu Island; all the activists were arrested by Japan; Japan releases Chinese activists on August 17
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Activists' return deserves celebration

The right wing of Japan might retaliate, while China's acts to defend the Diaoyu Islands will continue. As long as the Diaoyu Islands are still under Japanese control, there is no complete victory.

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Activists heading to Diaoyu Islands Sunday

Activists and government officials Monday vowed to protect the right of Taiwanese fishing boats to operate around the disputed Diaoyu Islands and to defend the country’s sovereignty over the region.

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Japan shows short-sighted rashness in island disputes

Japan appears to be mired in bitter domestic conflict which has played back upon its foreign policy in a fresh attempt to "nationalize" Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea that actually belong to China.

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Nearly seven decades later, Northeast Asia still haunted by war

Managing the feud with China over the Diaoyu islands near potentially huge oil and gas reserves could be tougher at a time when China -- where memories of Japan's military occupation run deep -- faces a once-in-a-decade leadership change and Japan worries about its rival's rising regional and global clout.

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Taiwan must help counter Japan claims
Ocean-lapped Japan wary of China's continental power
Naval exercises routine, not warning to Japan
China won't yield to Japan's radical moves over disputes
Backing needed for political moderates
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Diaoyu Islands can never be up for sale
Timeline of Diaoyu Islands dispute

 China's national flag August 15, 2012: Activists from Hong Kong landed on the Diaoyu Islands 16:30 pm August 15, according to Japan Coast Guard.

August 12, 2012: A Hong Kong activist group set sail for the Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea to assert China’s sovereignty over the islands Sunday.

July 27, 2012: Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei expressed China’s "grave concern" and "strong displeasure" over what he described as the "highly irresponsible remarks" made by Prime Minister Noda.

July 23, 2012: Hao Junbo, a lawyer at Lehman, Lee and Xu, headquartered in Beijing has added Tokyo government, its governor and Kunioki Kurihara, a Japanese businessman who claimed ownership of three of the Diaoyu Islands, to his list of defendants.

July 18, 2012: A Chinese lawyer named Hao Junbo has filed a lawsuit against the Japanese government on July 18 for violating Chinese sovereignty in its recent attempt to "purchase" the Diaoyu Islands, seeking an apology and confiscation of the money raised by Japanese politicians.

July 11, 2012: Three Chinese fishery patrol ships arrived at areas near the Diaoyu Islands around 2 am on July 11 during a routine check, according to fishery authorities.

July 7, 2012: China will not allow its territory to be "purchased" by anyone, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said, after Japan said that it was looking to buy disputed islands from a Japanese citizen.

June 26, 2012: China again requested Japan to stop causing new disturbances over the Diaoyu Islands and safeguard the overall interests of bilateral ties.

June 18, 2012: Experts say Taiwan-based Foxconn CEO Terry Gou's suggestion that he would buy the Diaoyu Islands and cooperate with Japan to develop them is impracticable and meaningless.

May 22, 2012: The Chinese government voiced strong protest against the meeting.

May 16, 2012:  China and Japan held a high-level consultation on maritime affairs with the Diaoyu Islands taking center stage.

May 8, 2012: The Chinese foreign ministry said that it held the same stance toward unilateral action from Japan in its bid to violate China's lawful ownership of these islands.

May 2, 2012: China's fishery administration authorities confirmed that two of its vessels have sailed into waters near the Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea.

April 17, 2012: China reiterated that the Diaoyu Islands and other affiliated isles have been an inherent part of Chinese territory since ancient times, and China holds indisputable sovereignty over them.
US' national flag August 15, 2012: The Japan Coast Guard (JCG) told the Global Times on Wednesday that seven crew members from the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong and Macao landed on the Diaoyu Islands and five of them were taken into police custody on the island, while two others returned to the boat.

August 3, 2012: Some 50 Japanese lawmakers plan to set foot on the Diaoyu Islands on August 19 to hold a vigil for the victims of a refugee shipwreck during wartime on the islands.

July 26, 2012: Japanese Prime minister Yoshihiko Noda said Japan is ready to send in the military if necessary to protect the Diaoyu Islands, known as Senkaku in Japan.

July 15, 2012: Japan's ambassador to China Uichiro Niwa returns to Tokyo on July 15 to discuss how Japan should respond to recent developments concerning the disputed Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea. Japan recalls Chinese ambassador over Diaoyu tensions.

July 7, 2012: Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda admitted his government was negotiating with a "private owner" to "nationalize" part of the "Senkaku Islands" (China's Diaoyu Islands) by the end of the year.

June 7, 2012: A senior Japanese cabinet official said that the Japanese government was studying the proposal by a right-wing politician to purchase the Diaoyu Islands and that objections to the plan by the Japanese envoy to China was "not in line with the government's stance," according to the Kyodo News.

May 22, 2012: Members of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) reportedly held a meeting to discuss the purchase of the Diaoyu Islands, after councilors were split over the proposal by Tokyo mayor Shintaro Ishihara.

May 18, 2012: World Uyghur Congress head Rebiya Kadeer made a donation of 100,000 yen ($125) on Friday to Takeo Hiranuma, a member of parliament and the party representative of the Sunrise Party of Japan, after the meeting of the WUC assembly, and declared that she would help the Tokyo metropolitan government "buy" the Diaoyu Islands.

May 8, 2012: The Tokyo metropolitan government went further in its plan to purchase three of the Diaoyu Islands, announcing that total donations had reached over 200 million yen ($2.5 million) by May 7.

April 27, 2012: Ishihara announced that the metropolitan government had set up an account for people to send money to help it purchase the Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea, the Japan Times reported.

April 16, 2012: Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara said that the metropolitan government plans to buy the Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea, over which both China and Japan claim sovereignty, a move that risks elevating tensions between the two countries.
Dokdo Dispute between Japan and ROK
Timeline of Dokdo Dispute
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South Korea
August 19, 2012
  South Korea has unveiled a monument on the disputed islets it calls Dokdo.
August 17, 2012
The Japanese government officially proposed to South Korea to jointly take the isles dispute over the sparsely inhabited islands to the International Court of Justice ( ICJ), announced Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura.
South Korea dismissed Japan's decision to refer the longstanding territorial dispute with South Korea over a set of islets to the International Court of Justice.
August 14, 2012
  Members of South Korean singer Kim Jang-hoon's swimming team with about 40 university students and dozens of other participants began their relay swim from an eastern port to a set of disputed islets called Dokdo in Korean and Takeshima in Japanese.
August 12, 2012
Japan’s government plans to withdraw from a meeting scheduled between Japan and South Korea during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in Russia next month. The withdrawal is to protest the visit of South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak to disputed islets known as Dokdo in South Korean and Takeshima in Japan which both countries claim sovereignty, ribenxinwen.com reported on August 12.
August 10, 2012 Japan ambassador to S. Korea to temporarily return over isle dispute: FM

Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba said on August 10 that Japan's ambassador to South Korea would temporarily return in protest against South Korean President Lee Myung Bak's visit to disputed islands claimed by both sides.

Japan urges South Korea president not to visit disputed islands

Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba on August 10, 2012, urged South Korean President Lee Myung Bak to cancel a planned visit to a pair of disputed islands, which claimed by both Seoul and Tokyo, saying that the trip would hurt bilateral ties.
South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak on August 10, paid a landmark visit Friday to a set of disputed islets claimed by both South Korea and Japan, an unprecedented trip that raised Tokyo's ire.
July 31, 2012
  South Korea "strongly protests" the latest territorial claims, the foreign ministry here said in response, demanding Japan " immediately withdraw" the "unacceptable" claims.
June 28, 2012
  Senior officials of South Korea's ruling Saenuri Party on June 28, 2012, visited a set of disputed islets lying between South Korea and Japan, a subject of recurring territorial disputes.
April 6, 2012   South Korea expressed "deep regret" on April 6, 2012, over Japan's foreign policy report that renewed its claim over a set of disputed islets lying halfway between the two countries.
Kuril Islands dispute between Japan and Russia
Timeline of Kuril Dispute
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Japan
Russia
August 18, 2012
  Political party, A Just Russia, says it wants to rename the disputed Kuril Islands and will see the views of the islands’ residents.
August 15, 2012
  Russia will send two navy vessels to the disputed Kuril islands in the Pacific, the defense ministry said, in a move likely to anger Japan, which lays claim to them.
July 3, 2012
  Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev made a repeat trip to one of the four Pacific Kuril islands claimed by Japan
January 18, 2012 A decades-old territorial dispute that has prevented Japan and Russia from signing a peace treaty is showing no signs of improving following talks between the two country's foreign ministers in Tokyo.
May 25, 2011

The Japanese government denounced a visit by three South Korean lawmakers to a Russian-held island over which Tokyo claims sovereignty, threatening to lodge a protest with Seoul.

 
May 17, 2011 Japan filed a protest over the Russian deputy prime minister's visit to a chain of disputed islands that have marred the two sides' relations since the end of World War II.  
February 21, 2011

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano flew over Kunashiro Island and the Habomai islet group, hammering home Tokyo's unwavering attitude toward the disputed Kurils, according to AFP.

 
December 14, 2010  

Igor Shuvalov, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's influential deputy in charge of economic affairs, visited Kunashir and Iturup islands, two of the four Kuril Islands, which are known in Japan as the Northern Territories, his spokesman told AFP.

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GT Seminar on Diaoyu
Global Times holds seminar on Diaoyu as spat escalates
Disputes over the Diaoyu Islands can be solved to Beijing's advantage only when China becomes a real world power, "economically and politically,"  scholars and diplomats agreed Sunday at a seminar on the Diaoyu Islands on Sunday amid a new round of conflicts between the two countries.

Li-Yiqiang Though Chinese activists were detained, they were released within 48 hours. Credit should be given to the Chinese government, as its efforts were the key to the early release. More

Luo-Yuan In terms of determination, China should make red lines for Japan. For example, we should not allow Japanese to land on the Islands or station its army there. More

Chen-Chuanren For Tokyo, China's deterrence due to its national rise has increased. In 2010, Japan detained Chinese crew for more than two weeks after the collision incident over Diaoyu. But this time Japan released Chinese activists in two days. More

Yu-Zhirong There should be an approach of combining the diplomatic, administrative, media, official and public means, as well as proper stimulus for civil society. More

Liu-Gan China faces several problems in tackling the Diaoyu Islands issue: Japan's actual control of the Islands, Japan's nationalism, reflected in its right wing's provocation, and the US factor. More

Ma-Zhengang Does it really suit China's interest if it wrangles with Japan over the Diaoyu Islands? We also have to consider the possible impact on China's domestic development. More

Chen-I-Hsin As a Taiwanese, I want to point out that both the Chinese mainland and Taiwan need to be guided by a principle of "FIRM" over the Diaoyu Islands issue. More

Li-Jie Under an overall strategy, we should know about concrete issues at every facet, including historical, legal, cultural and even military issues. Only through more thorough, meticulous and objective studies, can we better promote the addressing of the dispute. More
Japan's 'islands buying' plan
September 11, 2012
The Japanese government has signed the contract on the purchase of Diaoyu Islands with Kurihara family whom the Japanese side called "the private owner", NHK report.
July 7, 2012
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda admitted his government was negotiating with a "private owner" to "nationalize" part of the "Senkaku Islands" (China's Diaoyu Islands) by the end of the year.
May 22, 2012
Members of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) reportedly held a meeting to discuss the purchase of the Diaoyu Islands, after councilors were split over the proposal by Tokyo mayor Shintaro Ishihara.
April 16, 2012
Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara said that the metropolitan government plans to buy the Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea, over which both China and Japan claim sovereignty, a move that risks elevating tensions between the two countries.