Japan: no change to airlines' notification policy when flying in East China Sea zone

TOKYO Sun Dec 1, 2013 9:53pm EST

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Monday there was no change to Japan's policy of not notifying Chinese authorities when its commercial aircraft fly through China's new air defense identification zone.

Asked if the government planned to alter its earlier request to domestic air carriers that they not notify China of their flight plans, Suga said, "Our stance won't be changed."

Japan's top air carriers, Japan Airlines and ANA, earlier told Reuters they have made no change to their plans of not notifying China of their flight plans for aircraft flying through the zone.

(Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka, Tim Kelly, Kentaro Sugiyama; Editing by Chang-Ran Kim)

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Comments (6)
xyz2055 wrote:
Japan is doing everything possible to provoke a fight with the Chinese. They think that the U.S. will back them if push comes to shove. They are mistaken.

Dec 01, 2013 10:42pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Grump wrote:
Why should Japan request permission or inform anyone for flying over their own sovereign territory.

Dec 01, 2013 11:08pm EST  --  Report as abuse
WhyMeLord wrote:
Who besides China and Japan give a hoot about a few piles of rocks?
They’ve been fighting over dirt since they crawled down out of the trees, and will be fighting over dirt when there isn’t even any left.
Let them have at it; maybe we can bring some jobs back home later on.

Dec 01, 2013 11:32pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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