NAHA, Japan - Dozens of Taiwanese vessels entered Japan's territorial waters Tuesday morning off Uotsuri
Island, one of the Japanese-controlled Senkaku Islands, in the first such intrusion by Taiwanese ships since Tokyo nationalized the islets, which are also claimed by Taipei and Beijing.
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.
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.
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.
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.