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Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi rejected as “totally unacceptable” his Chinese counterpart’s recent public remarks claiming Beijing’s sovereignty over the Tokyo-administered Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea.

“The Senkaku Islands are without doubt our country’s inherent territory historically and under international law,” Motegi told a parliamentary committee Friday, following criticism by some ruling party lawmakers that he took no action when Wang Yi made the territorial claims at a joint news conference in Tokyo on Tuesday.

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