Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara said Thursday that the Tokyo metropolitan government's purchase of three of the disputed Senkaku Islands is scheduled to take place when the current lease expires in April of next year.
Ishihara recently sent shockwaves through the Democratic Party of Japan-led government by announcing in Washington this week that he had spent six months on secret negotiations with the owner of three of the islands.
Ishihara's announcement has been criticized by some for being reckless and has angered both China and Taiwan, who also claim ownership of the islands.
Ishihara's son and the Secretary-General of the Liberal Democratic Party, Nobuteru Ishihara, was criticized this week when he postponed a scheduled trip to Shanghai from April 20 to 23 to speak at Tongji University. Analysts are speculating that his father's activities may have influenced his decision.© Japan Today