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    Japanese Assembly Members Land on Senkaku Islands


    by NTDTelevision

    Two local Japanese lawmakers from Okinawa Island have made news in Japan this Friday. The two assembly members have reportedly landed on the islands that is the subject of a territorial dispute between China and Japan.

    On Friday Japanese media reported two local lawmakers visited a disputed island in the East China Sea.

    The Senkaku Islands, as they are known in Japan, are at the heart of a territorial row between Japan and China. The Japanese government leases land on the islands from private owners and restricts landings on the islands.

    Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan says the reports are under investigation.

    [Naoto Kan, Japanese Prime Minister]:
    "The Japan Coast Guard is currently checking the details of the matter."

    Ties between the two Asian giants chilled in September after a Chinese fishing trawler collided with Japanese patrol vessels near the disputed chain of isles. The site reportedly contains vast potential oil and gas reserves.

    The two assembly members from Ishigaki Island in Okinawa headed to the disputed isles to "claim their territorial rights."

    Japan says that the uninhabited isles, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, are administered by Ishigaki City.