A Japanese newspaper reported today that China National Offshore Oil had started drilling in a disputed gas field.Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano denounced China following these reports and asked China to verify these claims. Japan will decide on its response after receiving a reply, according to The Japan Times.
The gas field is one of several disputed areas that were involved in an broad political conflict earlier this fall. China signed a deal in 2008 not to develop the gas field without investments from Japanese companies.
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