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TOKYO (AP) — President Barack Obama confirmed Wednesday that America’s mutual security treaty with Japan applies to the islands at the center of a territorial dispute between China and Japan.

“The policy of the United States is clear,” he said in a written response to questions published in Japan’s Yomiuri newspaper before his arrival in Tokyo at the start of a four-country Asia tour.

“The Senkaku islands are administered by Japan” and therefore fall under the U.S.-Japan treaty, he wrote. “And we oppose any unilateral attempts to undermine Japan’s administration of these islands.”

His statement seems aimed at reassuring Japan that the U.S. would come to its defense if China were to seize the islands, known as Diaoyu in China. Russia’s annexation of Crimea has sparked concern about America’s political will to protect Asian allies, notably in Japan and the Philippines.

A Chinese government spokesman responded that China has “indisputable sovereignty” over the islands, and said “the so-called Japan-U.S. alliance” should not harm China’s territorial rights.

“We firmly oppose applying the Japan-U.S. security treaty in the issue of the Diaoyu islands,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said at a regular briefing. “The U.S. should respect facts, take a responsible attitude, remain committed to not taking sides on territory and sovereignty issues, speak and act cautiously, and earnestly play a constructive role in regional peace and stability.”

Obama told the Yomiuri the United States is deepening its ties with China, but “our engagement with China does not and will not come at the expense of Japan or any other ally.”

He said the U.S. will continue to take steps to reduce the impact of its military presence in Okinawa, but added, “it’s important to remember that the U.S. Marine Corps presence on Okinawa is absolutely critical to our mutual security. It plays a key role in the defense of Japan.”


Associated Press news assistant Zhao Liang in Beijing contributed to this report.


Online: the-japan-news.com/news/article/0001227627


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Golden Eaglets’ Head coach, Emmanuel Amuneke, has warned his players to be wary of Mali when they meet for the second time in a week at the WAFU B Under-17 Tournament in Togo on Wednesday at the Stade Municipal.

Nigeria and Mali were left in Group B following the withdrawal of Niger from the tournament and Wednesday’s match slated for 3:00pm local time( 4:00pm Nigerian time) would determine who tops the group.’

Golden Eaglets had already recorded 2-0 win on Monday and would need
at least a draw to secure their position of the group with a chance of meeting Group A’s runner-up in the semi-final on Friday.

“The game on Monday gave us better ideas about the Malians and I must confess, they are a very good side,” he said after Eaglets’ training session on Tuesday.

“We had thought the Malians were going to parade big players like they did when we played them during the qualifiers for the 2013 African Championship in Morocco, but I’m quite impressed with the young boys they brought here.”

The former African Footballer of the Year said his desire at the tournament is to win all his matches and has therefore warned his boys to expect a fight back from the Malians.


He said: “Of course, the game on Wednesday would be a total differentone because the Malians would want to avenge their defeat but we just have to consolidate our position.

Meanwhile, Amuneke has allayed fears of injury in the team after yers would be available for selection.

“Such pains are normal and we should not forget that we have prepared these boys under two weeks for the competition but we just finished training and every one of them is ready,” he revealed.

“Again, this competition has given the players the opportunity to know what is demanded at this level and by the grace of God, they would be at their best against Mali on Wednesday.”


The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, has announced that certificates for those who purchased their FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 match tickets through the NFF are now ready for collection.

Speaking at the NFF Secretariat in Abuja on Tuesday, NFF’s Director of Marketing, Adama Idris stated that the certificates will enable those supporters to apply for their entry visa into the Federal Republic of Brazil for the finals, slated for 12 June to 13 July this year.

“We want to use this opportunity to call on all Nigerian supporters who purchased their match tickets through the NFF to come to our office in Abuja, in person, to collect their certificates. These certificates will facilitate their process of securing entry visa into Brazil for the championship.”

Adama also called on concerned persons to contact him, Tolulope Abe or Alizor Chuks for more details about the certificates.

Meanwhile, Nigeria Football Federation on Tuesday expressed bitterness at the passing of a former captain of the senior national team, Albert Onyeawuna, Kaduna United FC Head Coach Saleh Lato and five players of Nigeria Nationwide League side Bakoji FC of Kaduna, all over the festive period.

NFF’s Assistant Director (Communications), Ademola Olajire, lamented the deaths in Abuja, saying the entire Nigeria football family was grieving over the departures of the great Onyeawuna, Coach Lato and the young players.

“Words are inadequate to express the sadness of the NFF and the entire Nigeria Football family over the deaths of these persons. We love them dearly but God loves them more.

“Our prayer is that the Alnighty God will give the families they haveleft behind, as well as Nigeria football family the fortitude to bear the huge losses and also to grant the departed eternal rest,” he said.

Onyeawuna played for the senior national team, then known as Red Devils, between 1955 and 1964, scoring six goals in 26 international appearances, including one in a 6-3 defeat by Egypt in Nigeria’s first-ever match at the Africa Cup of Nations, on 24 November 1963 in Kumasi, Ghana. He died in Lagos on Monday evening, barely one hour after going into coma, following a prolonged illness.

Albert Onyeawuna played alongside the likes of Sam Ibiam, Dan Anyiam,
Asuquo Ekpe, Godwin Achebe, Dejo Fayemi, Patrick Noquaqor, Paul Hamilton, Fabian Duru, Teslim Balogun and Elkana Onyeali. His last game for Nigeria was an Olympic Games qualifying match against the Atlas Lions of Morocco in March 1964, which the Devils lost 2-1.

Saleh Lato, promoted to Head Coach of Nigeria Professional Football League side, Kaduna United FC only last week, following the departure of Ben Duamlong, fell ill suddenly and died on Sunday morning in Kaduna.

Five players of Nigeria Nationwide League club, Bakoji FC of Kaduna died in a road crash on their way to a league match against JZ United of Kafanchan in Kafanchan. A number of other players and officials were injured in the accident.