Japan may conduct satellite research on disputed East China Sea islands


Japan is looking into using satellite images to further research on the natural environment of islets in the East China Sea claimed by China, the top government spokesman said, though the plans will not involve anyone actually setting foot there.

Japan's ties with China have long been plagued by a territorial row over the uninhabited islands controlled by Tokyo, which are known as the Senkaku in Japan, but called Diaoyu in China.

"The Environment Ministry is considering conducting research into the natural environment of the Senkaku islands as early as by the end of the year," Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato told a regular news conference.

"That will be part of the ministry's nationwide research ... and will be carried out using the latest satellite images."

Later, a ministry official told Reuters the research would not involve anyone setting foot on the islands.

The announcement comes after two Chinese government ships stayed in what Japan considers its territorial waters around the islands for more than 57 hours this week.

That was the longest such operation since Japan nationalised part of the islands in 2012, spurring Tokyo to lodge protests against Beijing.

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PLEASE spilt 50 and 50 . Peace will take place.

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PLEASE spilt 50 and 50 . Peace will take place.

How naive. China under Xi Jinping won't settle for half. You don't understand the Chinese today. When they see something as sovereign Chinese soil they do not accept half. It is always all or nothing with them. They might pretend to negotiate but all they are doing is biding their time until they can take what they want by force, hoping the victim is blinded by their fake negotiations and doesn't see the attack coming. Views like yours start wars. They don't prevent them.

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Can any one please tell my why Japan want to hold onto some very small uninhabited rock out crop many hundreds of miles away from the main island? does it hold any value? raw precious materials? other than seagulls what's there?

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