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Taiwanese representative leaves Japan amid Tiaoyutais Islands row

TOKYO -- Taiwan's representative Shen Ssu-tsun (沈斯淳) left Tokyo for Taipei Wednesday to report on the circumstances surrounding Japan's decision to nationalize the disputed Tiaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea.

Shen, who was being recalled by Taipei in protest of Japan's move, reiterated that the island group is an inherent part of the Republic of China (Taiwan).

“Our country does not recognize Japan's so-called purchase of the islands, which is unlawful and invalid,” Shen told a group of reporters at Haneda Airport.

On Tuesday, the Japanese government formally decided to buy three of the Tiaoyutai Islands from their private owner for 2.05 billion Japanese yen (US$26 million).

Shen said he lodged a strong protest with the Japanese government and urged Tokyo to pay attention to the disputed status of the Tiaoyutais.

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