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The government officially announced Monday that the Senkaku Islands will be placed under state control in a move almost certain to anger China.

The purchase of three of the five uninhabited islets from a private owner for ¥2.05 billion will be made official at a ministerial meeting attended by Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura, Foreign Minister Koichiro Genba and Finance Minister Jun Azumi.

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