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Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara answers a reporter's question in Tokyo Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012 after media report that the Japanese government has agreed to buy several privately owned islands in the East China Sea that are controlled by Japan but also claimed by China. The government has agreed to buy three of the five main islands, called Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese, from the Kurihara family for 2.05 billion yen ($26 million), Kyodo News agency and the Yomiuri and Asahi newspapers reported Wednesday. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO LICENSING IN CHINA, HONG KONG, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA AND FRANCE.