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Here we (maybe) go again.

The incident, which occurred 330 km (200 miles) northwest of Japan’s western coast city of Wajima, follows an arrest last year of a Chinese trawler captain after his boat collided with Japanese patrol vessels near disputed islands, triggering a prolonged diplomatic row between Asia’s two biggest economies.

The two fishing boats were operating about 1,800 km (1,125 miles) northeast of the contested isles, called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, and the Coastguard said the development appeared to be a straightforward illegal fishing case.

“The area happens to be a pretty good fishing ground. We are treating this as a simple case of illegal fishing,” a Coastguard official said. (Link)

Another Chinese fishing boat captain was arrested around the time of the 3/11 earthquake and tsunami, but China didn’t make a big deal about it at the time. As for this time, only the Chinese Communist Party knows for sure.

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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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