Japan’s coastguard arrested the captain of a Chinese boat on suspicion of illegal fishing in its exclusive economic zone on Tuesday, officials said, amid a territorial row between the two countries.
The coral fishing boat with a crew of 11 was spotted by a coastguard patrol plane in waters about 44km northeast of Miyako island in the Okinawan chain, the coastguard official said.
The captain, aged 44, whose name has yet to be disclosed, was arrested on suspicion of fishing in the exclusive maritime zone without permission from Japan, the coastguard said.
“After receiving information from our aeroplane, three of our patrol boats approached the Chinese ship, and they are now sailing back to Miyako with the Chinese ship,” the spokesperson said.
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