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    Japan PM Vows to Protect Disputed Islands from China

    Japan Coast Guard patrol boats approach a Chinese fishing boat, left, off the northeastern coast of Miyako island, about 200 kilometers (124 miles) southwest of the disputed islands, called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, February 2, 2013.
    Japan Coast Guard patrol boats approach a Chinese fishing boat, left, off the northeastern coast of Miyako island, about 200 kilometers (124 miles) southwest of the disputed islands, called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, February 2, 2013.
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    The Japanese Coast Guard has intercepted a Chinese fishing boat near Japan's southern island of Okinawa and detained its captain on suspicion of unauthorized fishing in Japan's Exclusive Economic Zone.

    The Coast Guard said the Chinese boat was stopped some 40 kilometers off Miyaki island, about 150 kilometers from islands in the East China Sea that are claimed by China, Japan and Taiwan.  The Coast Guard said the Chinese vessel had a crew of 13.

    A long-simmering dispute over control of the islands - known as the Senkaku in Japan and the Diaoyu in China - has escalated in recent months, as China seeks to assert its claim to wide swaths of the East and the South China seas.  Both sides have scrambled fighter jets and deployed patrol ships as tensions have risen.

    Earlier Saturday, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told Coast Guard members in Okinawa that Japan would defend the disputed islands at all costs.

    "Since the country has acquired the ownership of the Senkaku islands, there has been an increase in incursions and patrols by Chinese government vessels.  I highly commend the daily work and the effect that you of the Coast Guard [have] as you protect the waters around our country," he said.

    Abe also warned that the security situation regarding the islands was likely to get worse before it gets better.

    "It can be predicted that the situation in the southwestern ocean will continue to be difficult.  I hope that you of the Coast Guard will continue in your work of protecting Japan's sovereignty," he said.

    Japan's Kyodo news agency said Saturday's action marked the first time Japan has detained a Chinese fishing boat in the Okinawa region since September 2010, when Japan arrested a Chinese trawler captain after he rammed his vessel into two Japanese Coast Guard cutters.

    The arrest sparked a furious diplomatic exchange, before the captain was released weeks later without prosecution.

    Late last month, Japanese Coast Guard vessels used water cannons to repel a ship carrying Taiwanese activists who were headed to the disputed island.  Japan said the Taiwanese vessel and four escort ships were turned back about 30 kilometers from the island.

    Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.

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    by: Habi from: Canada
    February 03, 2013 7:17 PM
    To UnderNoMake from: Japan, and others

    Japanese invaded Ryukyu Islands in 1872 and robbed these Islands (In 1874, the Ryukyus terminated tribute relations with China because of invasion by Japan), and Japanese found Diaoyu islands/Senkaku islands in 1884, and stole the Diaoyu islands/Senkaku islands although China (Qing dynasty) protested and opposed it. So Ryukyu Islands is NOT an inherent territory of Japan, neither is Diaoyu islands/Senkaku islands. All these islands, including Ryukyu Islands and Diaoyu islands, are robbed by Japanese. The Article you mentioned didn’t say Ryukyu Islands is part of Japan, and didn’t say Diaoyu islands/Senkaku islands is territory of Japan. The paper only blamed US for its invasion to Ryukyu Islands, cold war also delayed China’s becoming a member of UN (until 1971). Invasion of Japan (and other west countries) into China made China no opportunity to speak to the world in the past hundreds of years.
    Japan, as a robber in the past hundreds of years, should stop robbing and stealing lands/islands and ought to back to negotiation.
    See "Cairo Declaration and Potsdam Declaration" of WWII from internet, search Diaoyu islands/Senkaku islands, check Wiki and other websites to see Japanese Fascist in the past hundreds of years. Don’t always use Japan Propaganda, which cheated the public and hid truth about Japanese. See below current Japanese’s response about WWII criminals and how Fascist Japanese treat a Canadian.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yg0lcoIFB8

    by: Gon from: Japan
    February 03, 2013 5:39 PM
    To Jonathan, Your opinion is unfortunately based on the very old information. Nowadays, it is widely known in Japan the fact that the ‘Sex slave’ story is was actually made-up by Asahi newspaper in 1991. And last year, evidence documents that those comfort women answered the advertisement for occupation and got much money in those days were found in S. Korea. They were NOT slaves; moreover, they ‘voluntarily’ worked (maybe for their families) and were very rich compared with young male manual labors. Before getting emotional, you should study more.

    by: Wu from: USA
    February 03, 2013 10:21 AM
    Why do chinese fishermen go to island that under Japanese control? That is an action challenging to get in trouble. it looks like they want to start a war, and chinese government does nothing. Claim territory should be done thru diplomatic.

    by: SEATO
    February 03, 2013 8:56 AM
    @Toni: Get your facts right.It is China that has been grabbing lands and islands from neighbours and claims that they belong to China in ancient times.Why do you think China has refused to solve territorial disputes on multi-lateral basis but has insisted on bi-lateral negotiations instead? Simply because China has no conclusive,reasonable and logical proofs for their claims.That's why they have been sanctioning any attempts by their neighbours to take them to the International court,and prefer to intimidate their neighbours into submission through bilateral dialogue,where their smaller neighbours would stand no chance at all.Mr Abe is a strong man with convictions,who is prepared to stand up to China's aggressiveness despite countless threats and intimidations from these blood-thirsty,warmongering,red neo-colonialists in Beijing.I bow my head to you Mr Abe,Sir.I wish Asia have more able,strong and decisive men like you,to save us all from the imminent red perils!

    by: UnderNoMake from: Japan
    February 03, 2013 7:34 AM
    Dear toni, In 1950, the Chinese government admitted the fact that Senkaku islands are Japanese territory (See the evidence photo, http://blog.goo.ne.jp/inoribito_001/e/9f575bd423d5aa7779e1a54911f50581/?img=513e775746462c4bd15bec8c5eca4b30). If you could read Chinese character, you can easily realize the Chinese lie.

    by: Habi from: Canada
    February 03, 2013 4:21 AM
    aozora from: indo

    There is a "typo" in your comments, It is "Japanese Fascist", NOT China Fascist, Search the keywords "Japanese Fascist" and "WWII", and "Diaoyu islands/Senkaku islands" and "Cairo Declaration and Potsdam Declaration" from internet,you will know more about the history and background (e.g. WWII) of Diaoyu islands/Senkaku islands. Before you learn, stop spitting these unfounded rumors here.

    It is Japan who is looking for trouble in these islands (nationalize and steal Diaoyu islands/Senkaku islands with violation of WWII declarations), NOT China, but China has the right to fight back coz Japan is really aggressive.

    by: Jonathan Huang from: canada
    February 03, 2013 12:34 AM
    Diaoyu island belongs to Taiwan. Taiwan is US ally and democratic.

    by: Jonathan Huang from: canada
    February 03, 2013 12:32 AM
    Stop worshipping WWII war criminals in your shrine! Admit and kneel down before those Nanjing victims and Korean sex slaves.
    Base on the Cairo declaration and Potsdam declaration, Japan lost all of its territories except those four main islands for the punishment for its invasion and genocide during WWII.

    by: toni from: usa
    February 02, 2013 4:33 PM
    Abe should know Okinawa was stolen from China with the most daring thievery and treachery.
    China has learned enough about Japan's false claims on Chinese land.
    No more.
    Abe is a deluded, stick-in-the-mud coward wno does not even dare to go to UN to resolve the so-called dispute.

    by: SEATO
    February 02, 2013 4:17 PM
    Japan should change its constitution in face of constant threats from China and North Korea.Don't let China treat Japan like a third world country.Japan should come out of WW2 past and lead the South East Asian countries in the fight against Chinese domination.Japanese atrocities in WW2 were history and Japan has since made amendments and reparations for its wrong-doings.Present threats from China are real and get strong everyday.An economically and militarily strong and assertive Japan is the only hope for Asia as America's foreign policies are so inconsistent and they have proven to be an untrustworth ally since the Vietnam war.We should never let the Chinese intimidate us into giving up our sacred sovereignty.If we give them an inch and they will take a mile!
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