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Japanese activists to be charged by govn’t

(People's Daily Online)

15:32, August 20, 2012

Edited and Translated by Yao Chun, People's Daily Online

The Japanese government is planning to charge a group of Japanese activists who landed on the Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea on Aug. 19, 2012, with rimes of minor injury. The Japanese Coast Guard has interrogated them, according to ribenxinwen.com.

The activists include regional councilors and five media professionals, but there were no parliamentarians.

The Japanese activists who planned to hold a ceremony for people who died in World War II departed from Ishigaki city, Okinawa in the evening of August 19. At around 7:39 a.m. Aug. 19, local time, at least seven members landed on Diaoyu Islands.

History of the monument

This Japanese activists’ landing operation was conducted under the excuse of holding a ceremony for dozens of people who were attacked and killed by U.S. fighters in July 1945 during their voyage from Ishigaki port to Taiwan to escape from the war. In 2002, the descendants of the victims funded and built a monument but rare people visited it.

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