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Japan urges Google to drop China name for disputed isles

6:11 am on Oct 14, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Google urged to drop 'Diaoyu' [straitstimes.com]

JAPAN said on Thursday that Internet giant Google should drop from its map service the Chinese name for a disputed island chain at the centre of a bitter feud between Tokyo and Beijing.

Google Maps shows both the Japanese and Chinese names of the group of uninhabited islands in the East China Sea that lie near possible energy deposits and are claimed by Japan, China and Taiwan. 'I want to make a representation from the foreign ministry to Google,' Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara told parliament after the conservative opposition complained to the company.

Itsunori Onodera, the Liberal Democratic Party's shadow foreign minister, visited the Japan head office of Google on Wednesday with a letter of protest and demanding the company drop the Chinese name.