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The Ishigaki Municipal Assembly on Monday renamed an administrative area that includes a group of disputed islands in the East China Sea, in a move likely to trigger a strong reaction from Taiwan and China, which both claim the uninhabited islands as their own.

The assembly changed the name of the area containing the Senkaku Islands from “Tonoshiro” to “Tonoshiro Senkaku.” It was able to make the change, set to take effect on Oct. 1, as the area falls under Ishigaki’s administrative authority.

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