A survey ship dispatched from the Tokyo metropolitan government arrives at a port in Ishigaki, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012. Tokyo city officials intending to buy tiny islands at... more 
A survey ship dispatched from the Tokyo metropolitan government arrives at a port in Ishigaki, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012. Tokyo city officials intending to buy tiny islands at the center of a longtime territorial dispute with China will travel by the boat to survey the area ahead of the purchase they hope will bolster Japan's claim. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO LICENSING IN CHINA, HONG KONG, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA AND FRANCE less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Kyodo News
Sat, Sep 1, 2012 9:24 AM EDT