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Japan Coast Guard arrests Chinese fishing boat captain

Date Posted: 2011-12-23

Only days after a South Korean officer was stabbed to death in an incident at sea, Japan’s Coast Guard has given chase to a Chinese fishing boat in waters off Nagasaki in southwest Japan, stopped it, and arrested the captain.

The arrest came after a six-hour chase, and happened only four kilometers off Japanese islands. Coast Guard officials say it’s the second arrest in the area in two months, and came after coral and tools to collect coral were found on the boat. JCC officials say they’ve not yet confirmed whether the coral was taken from Japanese waters.

The Coast Guard has taken 39-year-old Zhong Jinyin to its Nagasaki office, while the boat and ten crew members are being held by other Coast Guard officials. The JCC said five Coast Guard vessels were involved in the chase, which lasted from about 10:30 p.m. Monday until after 5 a.m. Tuesday, when the Chinese captain finally heeded orders to stop for inspection.

A Coast Guard official said “We are not experiencing any disobedient behavior from the captain.” Only a week ago, a 42-year-old Chinese fisherman was charged with murder, accused of fatally stabbing a Korean Coast Guard officer and wounding another as they tried to apprehend and detain him and his boat for illegally operating in the Yellow Sea.

In early November, Japan briefly held yet another Chinese fishing boat captain in the same area, and he was fined more than $3,900 following a four-hour chase for questioning about illegal fishing operations in the area.

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