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2 Japanese land on Senkaku islet despite gov't restriction.

NAHA, Japan, July 6 Kyodo

Hitoshi Nakama, an assemblyman of Ishigaki, Okinawa Prefecture, and another person have landed on one of the Senkaku group of islets in the East China Sea in defiance of the Japanese government's restriction, Japan Coast Guard officials said Friday.

A coast guard patrol boat spotted the two going ashore on Kitakojima Island around 3:45 p.m. Thursday after diving into the sea from a fishing boat, according to the officials, adding that they went back to the boat about 90 minutes later and returned to a fishing port on Ishigaki Island early Friday.

The government, which has leased the islands administered by Japan as part of Ishigaki and claimed by China and Taiwan from their private landowners, allows no one to land on them except for the owners and people it has sent.

Nakama traveled to Uotsuri Island, another Senkaku islet, in January.
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