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The Tokyo Metropolitan Government began fundraising Friday for purchasing the Senkaku Islands, Gov. Shintaro Ishihara said.

The metropolitan government set up an account Friday at Mizuho Bank for people to send money to help it purchase three of the five Senkaku islets in East China Sea, the metropolitan government said. The uninhabited islets are technically under the jurisdiction of Okinawa, but they are also claimed by China and Taiwan, which both raise a flap whenever Japan exerts its sovereignty over them.

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