Senkaku Islands

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Senkaku Islands

(sĕn`käko͞o), small, uninhabited island group, 8 sq mi (20.7 sq km), Okinawa prefecture, extreme SW Japan, in the East China Sea. Located 90 mi (45 km) NNW of Ishigaki in the Ryukyu Islands, the group comprises five generally low-lying coral islands and scattered islets. Uotsuri-shima (2.5 mi/4 km long, 1 mi/1.6 km wide) is largest island. There are submarine oil deposits nearby. The islands, also known as the Pinnacle Islands and Diaoyu Islands, are claimed by China and Taiwan, and have been a source of regional tensions. Beginning in 2012 China repeatedly used ship and air traffic to challenge Japan's control of the sea and airspace surrounding the islands. In 2013 Japan and Taiwan signed an agreement that permits Taiwanese fishing in part of the exclusive economic zone around the islands.
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Tensions flared between Tokyo and Beijing, after Japan arrested last month 14 Chinese nationals, including activists from Hong Kong, and deported them over a protest landing on Uotsuri, the largest of a group of disputed isles.
The main opposition Liberal Democratic Party also issued a protest against the landing on Uotsuri Island, the largest of the Senkaku Islands, by the activists from a Hong-Kong based group and issued another statement against Lee's remarks.
According to the Japan Coast Guard, five activists from a Hong Kong vessel who went ashore on Uotsuri Island, the largest in the Senkaku group, were arrested shortly after landing there Wednesday afternoon.
Authorities will determine whether to send them to public prosecutors or deport them after examining the purpose of their landing on Uotsuri Island, the largest of the five main islands in the Senkaku group, according to Kyodo.
Nakama traveled to Uotsuri Island, another Senkaku islet, in January.
3/30/04--Chinese activists land on Uotsuri Island, the largest of Japan's Senakaku islands.
The Japanese Government has built a lighthouse on the Uotsuri, the largest of the islets, patrols them closely with its Coast Guard, and denies permission for anyone to visit them.
At the exact time when the man, now identified as a native of Hebei provice, crash landed with his balloon 22 km south of Uotsuri Island, Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in his New Year message, was reiterating his pledge to beef up military plans aimed at countering China.
Also Thursday, a fisheries cooperative in southwestern Japan's Kagoshima Prefecture said Thursday two fishing boats from the city of Ibusuki were tracked by two Chinese ships at close range in waters close to Uotsuri Island, the largest of the Senkakus, in early February.
The fisheries patrol boat entered the waters in the East China Sea at 4:48 pm (0748 GMT) and was sailing some 19 kilometres northwest of Uotsuri, one of the Senkaku islands, Japan's coastguard said in a statement.
According to the Japan Times, in addition to the surveillance vessels, a Chinese fisheries patrol boat was also seen entering Japan's contiguous zone near the islands of Uotsuri in the Senkaku chain.
Some 10 activists made an unauthorized landing on Uotsuri, the largest in a small archipelago known in Japan as the Senkaku Islands and in China as Diaoyu Islands.