Confirmation of Chinese government vessels in Japan’s maritime areas surrounding the Senkaku Islands
August 17, 2016
1. Despite Japan’s repeated protests, it was confirmed that four Chinese government vessels intruded into Japan’s territorial waters at around 10 a.m. on August 17.
2. Against this backdrop, at approximately 11:15 a.m. on the same day, 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 intrusions into Japan’s territorial waters surrounding the Senkaku Islands by Chinese government vessels and the vessels’ activities in those waters are a violation of Japan’s sovereignty and cannot be accepted whatsoever, and the fact that China is continuing to conduct unilateral activities that further raise tensions on the ground despite Japan’s repeated protests is entirely unacceptable, protesting that Chinese government vessels must leave Japan’s territorial waters and Japan’s contiguous zone immediately.