Kubajima -- I mean, Huangwei Yu. Google Maps. Click to view in detail.

According to the Japan Times, the trawler was 12 kilometers off the coast of Kubajima Island (China: Huangwei Yu) when the incident with the Japan Coast Guard occurred.

Both China and Japan claim a territorial boundary of 22 kilometers into the sea.

A state can claim an Exclusive Economic Zone into the oceans up to 321 kilometers.

So, if you hold Japan’s territorial claim as valid then yes, the Nippon Chinese was in Japanese territorial waters, and was far inside the EEZ.

According to the Google Maps scale Kubajima is at least 1.2 kilometers across. So, it’s no Okinotorishima. It appears to be uninhabited.

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A contributor and editor at the blog War Is Boring, Kyle Mizokami started Japan Security Watch in 2010 to further understand Japan's defenses and security policy.
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