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Taiwan summons Japan’s representative to protest seizure of Taiwanese fishing boat

  • April 30, 2016
  • , Yomiuri , p. 2
  • Translation

By Yuko Mukai in Taipei


Taiwan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs David Lin summoned Mikio Numata, representative of the Taipei Office of Japan Interchange Association, on April 29, to file a protest with Tokyo over the Japan Coast Guard’s seizure of a Taiwanese fishing boat that was operating illegally in Japan’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ), claiming that Japan’s seizure of the vessel is a violation of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. Taiwan has asserted that since Okinotorishima is a rock, Japan cannot establish an EEZ there.


In response Taiwan’s claim, Numata conveyed Japan’s position to Lin that “since Okinotorishima has been designated as an island under the UN convention on the Law of the Sea, Japan cannot accept Taiwan’s assertion.” (Slightly abridged)

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