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Seized Chinese fisherman may be innocent

(People's Daily)

10:43, November 11, 2011

Edited and translated by Li Zhenyu, People's Daily Online

Beijing, Nov.11 (People's Daily Online) --New findings reveal that the Chinese fishing boat captain who was recently seized by the Japanese coast guard may not have broken any laws, according to a report by the Kyodo news agency.

The coast guard arrested the captain after he reportedly refused to stop for an inspection near the Goto islands off Nagasaki Prefecture. However, the Nagasaki Coast Guard Office said in an interview on Nov. 8 that the fishing gear on the boat was not wet, indicating that the Chinese boat may not have fished in Japan's territorial waters.

The Nagasaki coast guard handed over the 47-year-old Zhang Tianxiong to local prosecutors on Nov. 8 for the charge of violating the country's Fisheries Law.

Because there have been cases in which a Chinese fishing boat drifted into Japan's waters while its crew was taking a nap, Japan's coast guard is carefully investigating the details of how the boat entered Japanese waters.

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