NHK reported at noon that ten Chinese vessels were spotted within the contiguous zone near the Senkaku Islands as of 9 a.m. today, adding that several Chinese government vessels were also seen in waters off Kuba Island from yesterday through early this morning. Crewmembers of the vessels reportedly boarded Chinese fishing boats in the vicinity or positioned small boats next to the fishing boats. The network said the Japanese Coast Guard issued a warning to the Chinese vessels saying that exercising fishery jurisdiction is unacceptable, adding that China’s operations in the area have become increasingly active as its vessels entered Japanese territorial waters for three consecutive days through Aug. 9. The network also said that about 200 Chinese vessels were spotted in the surrounding waters.
The network quoted DOS Press Office Director Trudeau as saying at a press briefing on Tuesday: “We’re closely monitoring the situation. We are in close communication with the Japanese government regarding their concerns.” She also reportedly reiterated the U.S. position that the Senkaku Islands have been under Japanese administration and that they fall within the scope of the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty. TV Asahi carried a similar story.