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Demonstrating their country’s claim, Japanese nationalists have sailed to disputed islands in the South China Sea.

The group of nine spent a few hours on what is known in Japan as the Senkaku Islands.

A row with China over what it calls the Diaoyu Islands led to frosty relations between Beijing and Tokyo two years ago.

Toshio Tamogami, leader of activist group Ganbare Nippon, says they are responding to Chinese actions:
“With the Chinese activists just having landed, this is a way of telling them not to mess around. We hope to convey to both China and to Japanese people, through the media, or whatever means, that the Senkakus are our territory.”

The uninhabited islands, currently administered by Japan, have been the cause of arguments between Tokyo and Beijing since 1885.

Earlier in the week, Japanese authorities deported seven Chinese activists who had jumped from their ship and swam to one of the islands. They then proceeded to raise their country’s flag.

Complicating the situation further, Taiwan is also laying claim to the islands.

Japan is currently locked in another territorial dispute over islands with South Korea, which has flared up recently.

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