The Sunday editions of all national dailies wrote that China Coast Guard vessels entered Japan’s territorial waters near the Senkaku Islands on Saturday for the first time since China’s new coast guard law took effect on Feb. 1. According to the Japan Coast Guard, two China Coast Guard ships intruded into Japanese waters at around 4:45 a.m. and stayed there until around 1:14 p.m. The GOJ set up a special team at the Kantei to collect information on the situation. According to Mainichi, MOFA Asian and Oceanian Bureau Director General Funakoshi lodged a protest with the Chinese Embassy in Tokyo by saying the intrusion is unacceptable because the Senkaku Islands are an inherent part of Japan’s territory.
Monday’s Yomiuri , Mainichi, and Sankei wrote that two China Coast Guard vessels entered Japan’s territorial waters again on Sunday. The Japan Coast Guard said that they intruded into the waters near the Senkakus at around 3:48 a.m. and exited after 9:10 a.m.