Japan, Taiwan reach deal to ink fishing pact

Japan and Taiwan have reached a deal to allow Taiwanese fishing trawlers to operate in part of Japan's exclusive economic zone near the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, sources close to the negotiations said Wednesday.

The two sides are expected to formally resume their fishery talks -- suspended since February 2009 -- in Taipei on Wednesday at the earliest and sign the deal, the sources said.

Under their agreement, Japan and Taiwan will designate an area in Japan's EEZ as jointly managed waters where reciprocal fishing will be allowed.