US Senator Daniel Inouye has expressed caution toward China's moves over the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea and called for stepped-up Japan-US ties to achieve peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region.
The most senior member of the US Senate and a senator for nearly half a century, the Japanese-American Inouye is visiting Japan on Tuesday.
In an interview with NHK held in Seattle before his departure, Inouye said he and his fellow senators are concerned by the Senkaku dispute and Fukushima nuclear accident. He said they don't want to see anything that would worsen the situations.
The Senator added he hopes to be briefed on the issues in his meetings with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and other top officials.
Inouye called China's recent actions over the Senkakus a serious matter.
He said the alliance between Japan and the United States is important more than ever.
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