Japan allows Taiwan trawlers to operate in EEZ

The Japanese government is making arrangements to allow Taiwanese trawlers to operate in part of Japan's exclusive economic zone near the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, several sources close to Japan-Taiwan relations said Tuesday.

The Japanese government plans to resume later this month at the earliest fishery talks with Taiwan, which have been suspended since February 2009, to conduct final negotiations over the matter with the Taiwanese side, the sources said.

The uninhabited Senkaku Islands, administered by Japan, have soured bilateral relations between Japan and China due to their conflicting territorial claims. The islands are also claimed by Taiwan.