Govt looks to buy Senkakus / Noda says talks with islands' owner have already begun
News On Japan via Yomiuri -- Jul 09
The government has decided to purchase the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture and has already begun negotiations with the islands' owner, it was learned Saturday.
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda announced the plan to reporters Saturday morning.
The government has informed Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara, who has been proceeding with an independent plan for the Tokyo metropolitan government to purchase the islands, of the state's intention to nationalize the Senkakus, Noda said.
Ishihara confirmed Saturday that the central government had told him of its plan to buy the Senkaku Islands.
Three of the five Senkaku islands would be purchased under the government's plan. They are Uotsurijima, Minami-kojima and Kita-kojima, which are owned by a man from Saitama Prefecture, officials accompanying the prime minister said.
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