Japan releases Chinese caught illegally fishing

By REUTERS
December 31, 2012 17:38

BEIJING - Chinese fishermen detained for illegal fishing in Japan's waters were released Monday after promising to pay a 4.28 million yen ($49,700) fine, China's state news agency Xinhua said, citing the consulate general in Japan's southwestern city of Fukuoka.

Xinhua said the detention of the three fishermen for unauthorised coral fishing within Japanese waters was "peacefully resolved" within 48 hours.

The detention comes as tensions simmer between China and Japan over ownership of disputed islands near Taiwan, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China. The dispute had sparked waves of anti-Japanese protests in Chinese cities this year.


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