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Japan coastguard employee admits collision video leak on YouTube

A Japan coastguard employee has admitted leaking a video on sharing website YouTube showing a high-seas collision near disputed islands that sparked a row with China, officials said Wednesday.

The move came after Japanese prosecutors seized user records from the video sharing site owned by search giant Google on Tuesday in a probe into the leak that risked inflaming the already bitter feud between the two nations.

A patrol boat crewmember with the coastguard’s district No. 5 headquarters in Kobe confessed to the ship’s captain on Wednesday to leaking the video, Coastguard commandant Hisayasu Suzuki told parliament.

Tokyo has confirmed the authenticity of the video clips, 44 minutes long in total, showing a Chinese fishing trawler colliding with two Japanese coastguard vessels in the East China Sea in early September.

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