Tokyo’s controversial governor wants to use public funds to buy islands disputed between Japan and China, a plan bound to infuriate Beijing.
The islands, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, have long been the centre of maritime territorial disputes between China and neighbors both citing historical and other claims over fishing areas and potential rich gas deposits.
Shintaro Ishihara, 79, announced the idea of buying the uninhabited islands in the East China Sea from private owners during his visit to Washington and the Tokyo metropolitan government confirmed the plan on Tuesday.
In a statement citing Ishihara, the Tokyo government said the islands were “extremely important” for Japan and offered great potential for development of natural resources and fisheries.
Japanese government spokesman said he was not aware of the plan and declined further comment.
A Chinese Foreign Ministry news official told Reuters by telephone it had “no information…
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