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September 18, 2012
Naha, Okinawa Pref., Sept. 18 (Jiji Press)–Information that a large number of Chinese fishing boats are heading for the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture is false, the chief of a Japan Coast Guard office in the southern prefecture said Tuesday.
Hiroshi Majima, who heads the 11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters in Naha, told Okinawa Lieutenant Governor Yoshiyuki Uehara visiting the office that talk of the fishing season’s start and the departures of Chinese boats from their ports may have been misunderstood.
According to the coast guard headquarters, China’s fishing season stops every year in June-September in the East China Sea, where the islands are located. This year, the ban was lifted on Sunday.
According to Uehara, Majima told him said that there is no evidence that Chinese fishing boats are gathering near Okinawa.
In their meeting, Uehara requested the coast guard ensure the safety of Okinawa fishermen who operate in waters around to the islands.