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Friday, July 20, 2012
Ishihara may sue for isle trip
By MIZUHO AOKI
Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara said Thursday he may sue the central government if it won't allow the metropolitan government to send a team to land on and inspect the Senkaku Islands it wants to purchase.
The metropolitan government will soon seek the central government's permission to send the inspectors to the uninhabited islets in the East China Sea, Ishihara said.
The Saitama businessman who holds title to the islets has already green-lighted the landing, Ishihara said.
"Is there any reason on Earth why the government would refuse (to give approval to Tokyo's application for landing)?" Ishihara said at a regularly scheduled news conference. If it refuses, "I would like to find out why it is interfering. I want to know the reason even if I have to sue."
The central government currently leases four of the five main islets from the owner and in principle prohibits anyone from visiting them.