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  • In this Sept. 2, 2012 file photo, the survey ship Koyo Maru, left, chartered by Tokyo city officials, sails around Minamikojima, foreground, Kitakojima, middle right, and Uotsuri, background.

    Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura said Japan will buy the three uninhabited islands in the East China Sea from a Japanese family it recognizes as the owner.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 06, 2012, 7:00 PM EST
  • In this Aug. 10, 2012 file photo South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, center, looks at a national flag upon his arrival at islands called Dokdo in Korea and Takeshima in Japan.

    In recent weeks, these long-simmering tensions have returned to a boil, with violent protests in Chinese cities, and an island junket by South Korea's president.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 06, 2012, 12:00 PM EST
  • Tokyo city officials and experts on a small boat conduct survey around Kitakojima, one of the tiny islands in the East China Sea, called Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012.

    City officials planning to buy tiny islands at the center of a territorial dispute with China surveyed the area on a visit meant to send a message of ownership.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 06, 2012, 3:30 AM EST
  • In this picture taken Aug. 30, 2012 , workers sort hops to be processed, during a harvest, near a village of Rocov, Czech Republic. Beer drinkers will have plenty to worry about this year after Czech authorities warned that bad weather has led to the country's hop harvest plummeting by around a quarter.

    Although the Czech hops harvest is expected to plummet by around a quarter this year due to bad weather, there's still plenty of stock to quench the huge thirst both at home and abroad.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 06, 2012, 1:30 AM EST