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11:44 pm - 09/08/2012

Senkaku owner cuts Ishihara out of deal

The owner of three of the Senkaku Islands has informed Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara that he has agreed to sell them to the central government, sources said.

The owner met Friday with Ishihara, who earlier said he would not be persuaded to drop the Tokyo Metropolitan Government's bid to buy the three islets until he received a face-to-face explanation about the sale. The owner told him an agreement had been reached with the central government and apologized, the sources said.

Earlier in the week, sources said the central government had agreed to purchase the three uninhabited islets in the East China Sea for ¥2.05 billion, a move likely to further strain already tense relations with China.

China has slammed the move and hinted at countermeasures to safeguard its claimed sovereignty over them.

Ownership of the islets has drawn attention since Ishihara's surprise announcement in April that the metropolitan government planned to purchase three of them by the end of the year to protect Japanese territory.

The Senkakus, administered by Japan, are claimed by China, which refers to them as Diaoyu, and by Taiwan, where they go by the name Tiaoyutai.

The central government plans to buy and nationalize Uotsuri, Kitakojima and Minamikojima.

The islet of Taishojima is already owned by the central government. The remaining islet, Kubajima, is owned by a younger sister of the owner of the other three islands and is being leased by the Defense Ministry. The U.S. military uses it as a bombing exercise site.

Ishihara last month sent a team to assess the islets' features and possible appraisal value, but it was not allowed to land.

Source: Japan Times

Dear "Nobody-Actually-Likes-You" Ishihara,

More seriously though, Japan, please be careful. :( Things are getting a little scary.
katzsong 8th-Sep-2012 04:52 pm (UTC)
Excellent choice of gif XD
yeah, I hope this doesn't heat up the-already-tense-relationship Japan has with China. Hope both countries can meet halfway somehow :3
mrjl_writer 8th-Sep-2012 06:09 pm (UTC)
Seriously, let's a bunch of us get together, make our way down there and make ourselves into a temporary sovereign nation and claim all the islands until everyone learns to play nice. This is turning into such b.s.
atelierlune 8th-Sep-2012 10:43 pm (UTC)
I feel like this is going to be another one of those situations where someone's going to die before the affected parties start acting like adults.
stole_away 9th-Sep-2012 01:40 am (UTC)
hope this ends well, I don't even know why China is claiming everything to be theirs wtf.
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cuizy 10th-Sep-2012 07:03 pm (UTC)
Where were you when those western empires decided to claim Chinese territories for itself? China couldn't do anything about it 100 years ago cuz it was too weak.... So it's doing something now
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