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Japan releases Taiwanese fishing boat held for trespassing

Japan releases Taiwanese fishing boat held for trespassing

Taipei, May 23 (CNA) A Taiwanese fishing boat that was detained by Japanese authorities Thursday for trespassing in waters near Japan's Ishigaki Island has been released and its captain was freed after being fined, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. Su Tse-hung, who was arrested earlier in the day, admitted to trespassing and was fined 4.3 million Japanese yen (US$42,188), said ministry spokeswoman Anna Kao. He and his boat, the 46.29-ton Fu Chang No. 168, were released the fine was paid by the owner of the boat, Kao said. The vessel, from Yilan County in eastern Taiwan, was caught operating in waters 54 kilometers northwest of Ishigaki, Kao said. Ishigaki lies about 250 km off Taiwan's east coast. The fishing boat had strayed beyond the area covered by a recent fishing agreement between Taiwan and Japan that spells out their fishing rights in their overlapping waters in the East China Sea, Kao said. It was the third time a Taiwanese fishing boat had been detained by Japanese authorities since the two countries signed the agreement April 10 on fishing rights near the disputed Diaoyutai Islands. The Fisheries Agency said it has urged fishermen operating there not to go beyond the area covered by the agreement. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-01-22 21:57 GMT+08:00