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Japanese fisheries group calls for resumption of talks with Taiwan

Japanese fisheries group calls for resumption of talks with Taiwan

Taipei, June 28 (CNA) The governments of Taiwan and Japan should resume fishery talks as soon as possible to promote business exchanges between the two countries, said the head of a Japanese fisheries association Thursday. The two sides need to solve the problem of overlapping fishing areas in disputed waters, which will pave the road for normal relations between private businesses, said Toshiro Shirasu, president of the Japan Fisheries Association, in Taipei. It is estimated that Japan's fisheries production will take between five and 10 years to return to levels prior to the 9.0-magnitude earthquake on March 11, 2011, Shirasu said before giving a speech on the importance of the country's aquaculture industry and its development following the disaster. The catastrophe caused damage totaling up to 1.26 trillion Japanese yen (US$15.89 billion) to aquaculture facilities, Shirasu noted.
Fishery talks, usually held at some point between spring and summer each year, were established in 1996 to provide contact channels for the solving of any disputes. The talks, however, have been on hold for the last two years mainly due to disagreements over the demarcation of each other's exclusive economic zones and sovereignty of the Taioyutai Islands. Named the Senkaku Islands in Japan, the Taioyutai Islands lie in an area of ocean rich in resources about 100 nautical miles off Taiwan's northeastern tip, and are claimed by Taiwan, China and Japan. According to Taiwan's Coast Guard Administration, there have been a number of seizures of Taiwanese fishing boats by Japan's coast guard over the last few years, with seven in 2010, two in 2011 and two this year as of May. (By Lin Meng-ju and Kendra Lin)


Updated : 2021-05-08 03:49 GMT+08:00