Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the Collision between Japan Coast Guard Patrol Vessels and a Chinese Fishing Trawler in Japan's Territorial Waters off the Senkaku Islands

September 25, 2010

  1. There is no doubt that the Senkaku Islands are clearly an inherent territory of Japan, in light of historical facts and based upon international law.
    Indeed, the Senkaku Islands are now under the valid control of Japan. There exists no issue of territorial sovereignty to be resolved concerning the Senkaku Islands.

  2. The Government of Japan handled the most recent incident duly and strictly under its jurisdiction and in accordance with domestic law as a case involving obstruction of the execution of official duty by a Chinese fishing trawler. Thus, the demand by the Chinese side for apology and compensation is completely groundless and is utterly unacceptable for Japan.

  3. Steady development of Japan-China relations is extremely important not only for both countries but also for the region as well as the international community.
    It is important for both Japan and China to continue making efforts to materialize the "Mutually Beneficial Relationship based on Common Strategic Interests" from a broader perspective.

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