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Confirmation of Chinese government vessels in Japan’s maritime areas surrounding the Senkaku Islands

August 10, 2016

1. Despite Japan’s repeated protests, multiple Chinese government vessels have remained in the contiguous zone surrounding the Senkaku Islands and it was confirmed that from August 9 until the early hours of August 10, in Japan's exclusive economic zone surrounding the Senkaku Islands, that Chinese government launch vessels, etc. pulled up alongside Chinese fishing vessels whereupon crew members were transferred to the Chinese fishing vessels.

2. Against this backdrop, today at approximately 11:19 a.m., Mr. Kenji Kanasugi, Director-General of the Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, strongly protested against Ms. Guo Yan, Minister of the Embassy of China in Japan that Chinese government vessels should leave Japan’s contiguous zone immediately and in addition, with regard to the boarding of the fishing vessels by Chinese government vessels and the transfer of crew members, he strongly requested an explanation of the facts from the Chinese side along with strongly protesting that Japan’s position is that China’s exercise of jurisdiction over fishing in these maritime areas is not recognized.

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