• Kyodo


Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara, who recently made the surprise announcement that the metropolitan government hopes to buy three of the uninhabited Senkaku Islands, wants a meeting with Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura said Tuesday.

Fujimura told reporters that Ishihara wants to further pitch the joint civilian-military use of the U.S. Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo. But the two in fact are widely expected to exchange views on the governor’s plan for the metro government to buy three of the five main islands in the East China Sea islet chain that China and Taiwan also claim, political sources said.

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