Diaoyu Islands

The Diaoyu Islands are a group of uninhabited islands located roughly due east of mainland China, northeast of Taiwan, west of Okinawa Island, and north of the southwestern end of the Ryukyu Islands. They are currently controlled by Japan, which calls them Senkaku Islands. Both China and Taiwan claim sovereignty over the islands. 

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (top left) cheers for Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko during a ceremony in Tokyo on April 28. Photo: AP

China baulks at 'long live emperor' chant by Japan's Abe

Tenno heika banzai, or “long live the emperor”, was commonly chanted by Japanese soldiers in the second world war, said CCTV, adding that it is “extremely unusual” for a top government official to use it after the war.