Japan Arrests Captain of Chinese Fishing Boat

Japan’s coastguard says it has arrested the captain of a Chinese fishing boat on suspicion of fishing in the country’s exclusive economic zone.

It says the coral fishing boat with a crew of 13 was stopped by a coastguard patrol in waters some 46 kilometres northeast of Miyako island in the Okinawan chain.

The boat’s captain was arrested for allegedly fishing in the exclusive maritime zone without permission from Japan.

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Japan Coast Guard Looks to Retirees for Patrol near Senkaku Islands

Tied up with surveillance in waters around the Senkaku Islands due to repeated incursions by Chinese ships, the Japan Coast Guard is looking at using end-of-life patrol vessels and reemploying retired officers.

The ideas have been proposed as Chinese government ships have continued to enter Japanese territorial waters around the Japanese-administered islands in Okinawa Prefecture since the Japanese government nationalized some of the uninhabited islands last September. China also claims the islands, which it calls Diaoyu.

A senior coast guard official said, “We cannot deal with the situation over the long term (within the current organizational structure).”

The Japan Coast Guard had a staff of 12,671 at the end of March 2012, up some 420 from 10 years ago. It had a fleet of 121 patrol ships, down three, while efforts to introduce new models are under way.

The number of patrol vessels of 1,000 tons or more, which constitute the main fleet policing territorial waters came to 51, more than some 40 such Chinese ships. They have been deployed to waters near the Senkaku Islands from across Japan.

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Japan Coast Guard Saves 64 Chinese Seamen

Japan’s Coast Guard saved all 64 Chinese seamen from their burning cargo ship, as the two nations remain locked in an acrimonious dispute over contested islands.

The coast guard was alerted by Taiwan authorities late Saturday about a fire on the 12,703-ton Ming Yang and sent patrol vessels and aircraft to the scene, around 150 kilometers (94 miles) southeast of Okinawa.

By 2:30 am Sunday a Japanese coast guard ship had saved 21 people who escaped on a life raft, while 43 others remained on the deck of the burning freighter, registered in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

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Japanese Coast Guard Shoots Water Cannons to Turn Away Taiwan Boats

Japanese Coast Guard vessels fired water cannon to turn away about 40 Taiwan fishing boats and eight Taiwan Coast Guard vessels from waters Japan considers its own on Tuesday in the latest twist to a row between Tokyo and Beijing.

Japan protested to Taiwan, a day after it lodged a complaint with China over what it said was a similar intrusion by Chinese boats.

Sino-Japanese relations deteriorated sharply this month after Japan bought disputed East China Sea islands, called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, from their private owner, sparking anti-Japan protests across China.

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Japan arrests captain of Chinese fishing boat

Japans coastguard on Sunday arrested the captain of a Chinese fishing boat that allegedly intruded into Japanese territorial waters, a report said.The 47-year-old captain was arrested on charges of violating fishing laws in Japans exclusive economic zone, Jiji Press said, citing the coastguard.The coastguards regional headquarters in the city of Nagasaki said its patrol ship spotted two Chinese fishing boats in waters close to the Goto Islands, off Japans southwestern coast, the report said.After the two vessels rejected its order to stop for on-board inspections, the patrol ship chased one of the two for nearly four-and-a-half-hours.

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