• Kyodo


The government has asked local authorities and state-run universities not to post maps provided by Google Inc. on their websites because some of them include foreign place names that undermine Japan’s territorial claims, sources said Saturday.

In dispute are the South Korean-controlled islets in the Sea of Japan called Takeshima in Japan and Dokdo in the South, the Japan-administered Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea claimed by China as Diaoyu and by Taiwan as Tiaoyutai, and four Russian-held islands off Hokkaido referred to by Japan as the Northern Territories and by Russia as the Southern Kurils.

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