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Japan threatens military action over Diaoyu Islands (3)

(China Daily)

13:31, July 28, 2012

Analysts said Tokyo's mixed responses reflect its desire to not rule out diplomacy.

"Some politicians, such as Noda and Morimoto, use strong rhetoric as a political tool for votes," Shen said.

Zhou warned that Japan may continue to take a hard line approach on the issue.

Bilateral ties deteriorated after Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara initiated a plan in April to "purchase" the islands from a so-called "private owner" and Noda announced a plan to "nationalize" the islands in early July.

"A small group of individuals in Japan have deliberately created friction with China over the Diaoyu Islands and inflamed tension between the people of both countries. It is extremely wrong and hazardous," the Chinese embassy in Japan said on Thursday.

In another development, the International Olympic Committee appointed Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda a member of the IOC.

According to Kyodo News Agency, Ishihara's remarks have triggered dissatisfaction from some IOC members from Asia. Ishihara "should shut his mouth", Kyodo quoted an Asian veteran member as saying.

Support from Asian countries for Tokyo's bid to host future Olympic Games is indispensable, Kyodo said.

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