BBC NEWS, 3 July 2013 Last updated at 13:24 GMT
Japan complains over China drill rig near disputed gas field
Mr Suga said Japan has expressed "serious concern" with China
Japan has expressed serious concern to China over the construction of a drilling rignear a disputed gas field in the East China Sea.Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Tokyo "cannot accept" China'sdevelopment near the area.The construction is in China's area, but Japan is concerned China would be able tosiphon gas from its side. A co-operation agreement between the countries had broken down amidconfrontation over disputed territory.The economic zones of both countries overlap at the gas field which the twocountries claim exclusive excavation rights to.They had agreed in 2008 that Japanese companies would invest in the area, but theagreement eventually stalled.Tokyo now says a vessel has been spotted drilling a platform on the Chinese sideabout 26km (16 miles) from the disputed gas field."Our position remains that we cannot accept China's unilateral development in thisregion where Japan's and China's claims overlap, while delimitation in East ChinaSea remains undefined," Mr Suga said."We have conveyed to China our serious concern about the activities of the cranevessel. We told them, through diplomatic channels, we cannot accept it," he said.China has yet to respond to Japan's concerns.The two countries have been locked in an ongoing row over disputed territories andwaters, especially over islands known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China.Japan controls the islands and sparked anger in China when it bought three of themfrom their private Japanese owner late last year.