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1 killed in collision between fishing boat, MSDF vessel

A leisure fishing boat capsized and sank Wednesday morning after colliding with a Maritime Self-Defense Force transport vessel in the sea off Hiroshima Prefecture, leaving the captain of the boat dead and one of the three anglers aboard in critical condition, the Defense Ministry and the Japan Coast Guard said.

MSDF vessel sinks fishing boat, 2 in critical condition

A leisure fishing boat capsized and sank Wednesday morning after colliding with a Maritime Self-Defense Force transport vessel in the sea off Hiroshima Prefecture, leaving two of the four on board the boat in critical condition, the Defense Ministry and the Japan Coast Guard said. The four -- the captain and three anglers -- were thrown into the water following the collision in the Seto Inland Sea off the city of Otake, which occurred at around 8 a.m. But they were rescued by the 180-meter MSDF vessel Osumi and a working vessel that passed nearby.

Japan self-defense ship, fishing boat collide; two in critical condition

TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese Self-Defence Force ship and a leisure fishing boat collided off the coast of Hiroshima in western Japan, leaving two of the fishing boat's crew in critical condition, the country's defence minister said on Wednesday. The fishing boat, with four crew, capsized after the collision with the vessel "Osumi" at around 8 a.m. (2300 GMT). The cause of the collision is still being investigated, the Japanese Coast Guard said.

Japan rescues Chinese balloonist trying to land on Senkakus

A Chinese man has been rescued by the Japan Coast Guard around the Senkaku Islands after he attempted to land on one of the China-claimed islets using a hot-air balloon, the coast guard said Thursday. The man, who identified himself as a 35-year-old cook from Hebei Province, said he took off Wednesday morning from Fujian Province with the aim of landing on Uotsuri Island in the Japan-controlled Senkaku islet group, according to the coast guard.

2 Chinese ships sail in contiguous zone near Senkakus

Two China Coast Guard ships were spotted Tuesday sailing in the contiguous zone near the Japan-controlled Senkaku Islands, the Japan Coast Guard said. It is the third consecutive day Japan has spotted Chinese government ships around the islets, which are claimed by China and Taiwan, according to the 11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture. The Japan Coast Guard is warning the Chinese ships not to enter Japanese waters, it said. ==Kyodo

2 Chinese ships enter contiguous zone off Senkakus

Two China Coast Guard ships on Monday were spotted sailing in the contiguous zone near the Japan-controlled Senkaku Islands, the Japan Coast Guard said. It was the second straight day that Japan spotted Chinese government vessels around the islets, which are claimed by China and Taiwan, according to the 11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture. The Japan Coast Guard warned the two Chinese ships not to intrude into Japanese territorial waters, but they did not respond, it said. ==Kyodo

Japan's Coast Guard acquires next-generation patrol vessel

Japan's Coast Guard acquires next-generation patrol vessel TOKYO, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- Japan's Coast Guard (JCG) on Thursday unveiled a new, next-generation patrol ship that will be deployed in anti-piracy, counter-terrorism and regular domestic duties. According to the Japan Coast Guard Commandant Yuji Sato, the 150-meter long, 6,500-ton vessel will play a key role in Japan's ongoing patrol operations and will be provisionally based at the Yokohama Coast Guard Office near Tokyo.

3 Chinese ships continue sailing near Senkakus

Three Chinese coast guard ships were seen sailing Sunday around the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea just outside Japan's territorial waters, the Japan Coast Guard said. The three vessels were also seen around the Japanese-controlled islet chain claimed by China on Saturday.

3 Chinese ships spotted near Senkakus

Three Chinese coast guard ships were seen sailing Saturday around the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea just outside Japan's territorial waters, the Japan Coast Guard said. The Japan Coast Guard warned the Chinese ships not to enter Japanese waters, according to the 11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture. Chinese vessels were last seen around the Japanese-controlled islet chain claimed by China on Oct. 2. ==Kyodo

4 Chinese coast guard ships enter Japanese waters near Senkakus

Four Chinese coast guard ships entered Japanese territorial waters Saturday near the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, the Japan Coast Guard said. The intrusion around the Japanese-controlled islet chain claimed by China was the first since Tuesday and the 64th since Tokyo purchased major parts of the islet group from a private Japanese owner in September last year.
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