Chinese ship enters the waters around the Senkaku islands to approach fishing boat from Yonaguni

May 12, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo


An incident in which two Chinese coast guard ships entered the waters near the Senkaku Islands to approach a Japanese fishing boat belonging to the Yonaguni Fishing Cooperative operating about 12 kilometers west-southwest from Uotsuri Island was reported by the fishing cooperated May 11. Shigenori Takenishi, head of the cooperative, commented to reporters for this paper, “The Japanese Coast Guard is doing all they can to deal with the issue, but the Senkaku dispute is a problem between both countries.”

According to a representative from the 11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters, this is the 4th time a Chinese state-owned ship has approached a Japanese fishing ship since August of 2014. Takenishi said that the Chinese ship came within about a kilometer of the Japanese fishing vessel, and saying, “On the water, a kilometer is right in your face. It was only by a stroke of luck that there was not an accident or any injuries, and I hope that measures are put in place to ensure it does not happen again.”

  • Yonaguni town council adopts a resolution calling for increased vigilance

Yonaguni – After an incident where a Chinese Coast Guard ship entered the waters around the Senkaku Islands to approach and tail a Japanese fishing vessel belonging to the Yonaguni Fishing Cooperative, the Yonaguni town council (Takezo Maenishihara, chairman) held an emergency council meeting where they unanimously adopted written opinion calling for increasingly vigilant surveillance of the ocean around the Senkaku Islands. The statement was addressed to the governor of Okinawa and the Prime Minister.

The statement protested the Chinese government, and demanded that increased surveillance and an environment in which fishing boats could operate safely be immediately established.

(English translation by T&CT and Sam Grieb)


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