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Japan lodges protest against China for sixth day in a row

All Thursday papers wrote that the GOJ filed a protest on Wednesday with the Chinese government against the passage earlier in the day of Chinese patrol boats through contiguous waters around the Senkakus, explaining that Tokyo has filed protests for six consecutive days. According to the dailies, the Japanese side spotted a Chinese patrol boat on Tuesday night carrying out what appeared to be inspections of several Chinese trawlers in Japan’s EEZ. The GOJ is concerned that the Chinese were trying to demonstrate their enforcement of legal authority in the vicinity of the Senkakus with the goal of undermining Japan’s effective control of the islands.  


In a related development, all dailies reported today that a Chinese fishing vessel sank off the Senkakus yesterday after colliding with a Greek cargo ship. Although six fishermen from the Chinese trawler were rescued by the Japan Coast Guard, eight other crewmembers are still missing. The Chinese government voiced appreciation for the Japanese rescue operation last night. Tokyo Shimbun expressed hope that the Chinese will halt the ongoing provocations in the area following the accident.  

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