Japan lawmaker cool to moves on China
WASHINGTON (AFP) - A coalition ally of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday rejected sending officials to islands claimed by China, calling instead for greater efforts to build trust with neighboring countries.
Mr Abe's government has not ruled out stationing officials on the islands amid worsening ties with China, which Tuesday sent eight ships to the area of the East China Sea.
"Having Japanese government employees stationed in the Senkaku islands is for the moment not something I think we should do," Mr Natsuo Yamaguchi, leader of New Komeito, said on a visit to Washington.
"What is more important on the Senkakus is, regardless of the differences of opinions, how do we overcome that to improve relations between the two countries," Mr Yamaguchi said at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.