Chinese Ships Spotted Near Senkakus For 100 Days

Chinese ships spotted near Senkakus for 100 days

Japan's Coast Guard says Chinese patrol ships have been spotted just outside Japanese territorial waters in the East China Sea for 100 straight days.

Coast guard officials say four Chinese patrol vessels were navigating in the contiguous zone outside the territorial waters near the Senkaku Islands at 9 a.m. on Wednesday.

Chinese Ships Enter Japan's Territorial Waters

Chinese ships enter Japan's territorial waters

Japan's Coast Guard says Chinese patrol ships have entered Japanese territorial waters on consecutive days and sailed for an extended time within them.

The officials say two Chinese patrol ships entered the waters off the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea after 4 p.m. on Thursday. They say the two ships repeatedly approached a Japanese fishing boat inside the territorial waters.

Chinese Ships Chase Japanese Fishing Boat

Chinese ships chase Japanese fishing boat

Japan has lodged a protest with China over Friday's chase of a Japanese fishing boat by two Chinese patrol boats that intruded into Japanese waters off the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga Yoshihide says the government will strongly urge China to respond positively without undermining cooperation between the two countries over the coronavirus pandemic.

Lawmakers To Push For Hospital Ships

Lawmakers to push for hospital ships

Japanese lawmakers have formed a nonpartisan group to push for the introduction of hospital ships that can provide medical care in the event of a major disaster or an infectious outbreak such as the new coronavirus.

Diet members of the main ruling Liberal Democratic Party, the largest opposition Constitutional Democratic Party and others held an inaugural meeting on Thursday.

Expert: Criticism Helped Improve Ship's Condition

Expert: Criticism helped improve ship's condition

An expert on infectious diseases says his criticism has helped improve the situation on the coronavirus-hit Diamond Princess.

Professor Kentaro Iwata of Kobe University spoke on Thursday at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo using a TV-conference system.

Health Of Cruise Ship's Crew To Be Studied

Health of cruise ship's crew to be studied

Japan's health ministry appears set to launch studies into how to prevent crew on board a cruise ship hit by the coronavirus outbreak from catching the virus.

The move comes as 20 crew members of the quarantined Diamond Princess have tested positive for the virus.

Japan's Transport Ministry Monitors Cruise Ships

Japan's transport ministry monitors cruise ships

Officials at Japan's transport ministry say they have talked by phone with five Japanese nationals on board the cruise ship, Westerdam.

The ship was refused permission to dock at several destinations including Japan after leaving Hong Kong amid fears of the spreading coronavirus.

Govt. Mulls Japanese Protection On Foreign Ships

Govt. mulls Japanese protection on foreign ships

Japan is considering authorizing the Self-Defense Forces to take safety measures for foreign-registered ships with Japanese nationals on board if they come under attack in the Middle East.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet is expected to approve a plan as early as next week to send a destroyer and a patrol plane to the region. It is aimed at helping ensure the safe navigation of commercial ships.

Chinese Patrol Ships Enter Japanese Territory

Chinese patrol ships enter Japanese territory

Four Chinese patrol ships have entered Japan's territorial waters near the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea.

The Japan Coast Guard reports the ships entered the waters off Uotsuri Island at around 10:10am on Monday.

Japan Lodged Protest Over Suspected N.korean Ships

Japan lodged protest over suspected N.Korean ships

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says the Japanese government lodged a protest after two suspected North Korean vessels were spotted last month in Japan's exclusive economic zone.

Suga revealed on Friday that a fisheries agency patrol ship spotted an unidentified vessel in Japan's exclusive economic zone in the Sea of Japan off the Noto Peninsula on August 23.

4 Chinese Patrol Ships Enter Japanese Waters

4 Chinese patrol ships enter Japanese waters

The Japan Coast Guard is warning Chinese patrol vessels not to reenter Japanese waters near the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea.

The Coast Guard says four Chinese patrol vessels entered waters near Kubashima, one of the Senkakus, for nearly two hours through Saturday noon.

Japan Protests S.korean Ship's Entry Into Waters

Japan protests S.Korean ship's entry into waters

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has revealed that the government has protested a South Korean research ship's entry into Japan's territorial waters near the Takeshima Islands in the Sea of Japan.

Suga said at a news conference on Tuesday that a South Korean research vessel entered regional waters last Friday and from Sunday to Monday.

Chinese Ships Enter Japan's Waters Off Senkakus

Chinese ships enter Japan's waters off Senkakus

Four Chinese patrol boats have temporarily entered Japan's territorial waters near the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea.

The Japan Coast Guard says the ships entered the waters off Uotsuri Island shortly after 10 AM on Monday.