Asia Disputed Islands

September 10, 2012 - 7:38 AM
FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2012 file photo, the survey ship Koyo Maru, left, chartered by Tokyo city officials, sails around Minamikojima, foreground, Kitakojima, middle right, and Uotsuri, background, the tiny islands in the East China Sea, called Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese. Japan's government says it has decided to purchase several disputed islands from their private owners in a step that is likely to anger China. Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura said Monday, Sept. 10 that Japan plans to buy the three uninhabited islands from a Japanese family it recognizes as the owner. (AP Photo/Kyodo News, File) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO LICENSING IN CHINA, HONG KONG, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA AND FRANCE