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Tokyo raises ¥76+ million to buy Senkaku islands

Date Posted: 2012-05-12

Tokyo’s Metropolitan Government has already raised more than ¥76 million in donations to buy several islands in the disputed Senkaku Islands located in southern Okinawa Prefecture.

The announcement comes as the Japan Coast Guard is shadowing and monitoring two Chinese fisheries patrol boats that encroached into Japanese territorial waters near the Senkaku Islands little more than a week ago. The ships were first sighted May 2nd, the latest in a series of incursions over recent months.

The Uotsurijima, Kitakojima and Minamikojima islands are owned by the Kurihara family, which bought the islands from descendants of other Japanese owners decades ago. Tokyo’s outspoken governor, Shintaro Ishihara, first announced his idea for buying the islands from the Kurihara family in late April after becoming angry with the Chinese. Ishihara has long been an outspoken critic of the Chinese regime.

It didn’t take long for Ishihara’s plan to buy the islands in the East China sea to become public, and to trigger the wrath of Beijing. The group of uninhabited islands are claimed by Japan, but also by the Chinese, who call them Diaoyu. The two nations, as well as Taiwan, which also claims the islands as theirs, have been bickering over the rights for years, largely because it’s believed the waters surrounding them are valuable not only for fishing, but for much sought after energy resources and minerals.

Ishihara’s purchase plan launched a fundraising drive two weeks ago, which has been attracting attention from ordinary citizens. “We will continue the fundraising campaign for the time being,” says a Tokyo government official who explains “this is a matter of peoples’ will, and not really a matter of how much we collect.” Officials say there’s been no specific target amount set, but that Tokyo expects to raise more.

Ishihara says buying the islands would allow Tokyo to “defend” the islands. He says he doesn’t’ expect the purchase price to be “too expensive” but has not revealed details of his negotiations with the Kurihara family.

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