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Japan says gas drilling rights dispute with China could go to court

[JURIST] Japanese Trade Minister Shoichi Nakagawa [official profile] said Sunday that a lawsuit in an international court [Reuters report] is "one option" for dealing with a Japan-China dispute over natural gas drilling rights in the East China Sea. China has three projects in an area Japan claims as its own. Nakagawa said Japan wants these projects stopped if Japan is to consider joint development. Although tensions are high [AP report] between the two countries over a series of disputes [Reuters report], Nakagawa said both sides are willing to talk and a lawsuit is not yet imminent.

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