Japan to bring Senkaku Islands under state control
News On Japan via Mainichi -- Sep 05
Japan has agreed with the family that owns the Senkaku Islands on its plan to bring them under state control, government sources said Wednesday, a move likely to further strain already tense relations with China.
The government has struck a deal with the family to pay 2.05 billion yen for the purchase of part of the group of islands in the East China Sea, which have been administrated by Japan for many years but are claimed by China.
Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara, who in April first proposed that three major islands in the Senkaku group be bought by the metropolitan government, will most likely step up his opposition to the deal.
The government and the Kurihara family will exchange an official contract on the purchase possibly by the end of this month, the sources said.
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