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Japan gov't to buy Diaoyu Islands: media

(Xinhua)

13:09, September 05, 2012

Hiroyuki Kurihara, so-called “owner” of the Diaoyu Islands. (File photo)

TOKYO, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- The Japanese government has come to terms with the Kurihara family, who claims to own the Diaoyu Islands, to buy the islands, local media reported Wednesday.

The central government has reached an agreement to pay 2.05 billion yen (26.15 million U.S. dollars) for the purchase of part of the chain of the islands in the East China Sea.

Kyodo reported that the government and the Kurihara family will exchange an official contract on the purchase possibly by the end of this month.

Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Hiroyuki Nagahama had secretly negotiated with a member of the Kurihara family on Monday.

Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara has announced in April that the Tokyo government plans to purchase three of the five uninhabited islands.

Ishihara planned to build facilities on the islands for boat landing, but the demand was rejected by the central government.

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