Japan’s government eyes buying disputed islands
Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force's P-3C Orion surveillance plane flies over the disputed islands in the East China Sea, called the Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China. Japan's government is negotiating to buy the disputed islands at the center of a territorial dispute with China from their Japanese owner. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said Saturday, July 7, 2012 he's considering nationalizing the islands to bolster their control "peacefully and stably." His comment came days after Taiwanese activists and a local Japanese politician made unauthorized visits to the uninhabited islands.