The crisis over Japan’s detention of a Chinese fisherman accused of ramming a Japanese coast guard ship in a remote group of Japanese islands claimed by China has ended with Japan releasing the captain, after China’s threats culminated in the possible execution of 4 Japanese captured as “spies,” but widely considered innocent hostages.

The crisis centres on Chinese incursions into the seas surrounding the Senkaku Islands (or Diaoyu Islands to the Chinese), a small group of uninhabited islands in the seas around Okinawa.

Japan considers the islands part of Okinawa prefecture and well within its Exclusive Economic Zone, whilst Taiwan claims them as its territory and China claims them as both part of Taiwan and as part of its “continental shelf.” Japan and China are both investigating gas reserves in the area.


As a result, the alleged deliberate ramming of a Japanese coast guard ship by a Chinese fishing vessel would constitute a domestic crime under Japanese law, in this case prosecutable as “interfering with an official in pursuit of their duties.”

The ship, captain and crew were subsequently detained pending charges, with the crew and ship later released, leaving the captain alone in Japanese custody. Japanese leaders assured the public it “would be dealt with solely as a possible criminal case.”

Reportedly the entire incident was filmed, but the video was not released as it was considered evidence.

The official reaction from China included severing official ties, unspecified threats of “further action,” a threat to ban exports of rare minerals to Japan and the suggestion that Chinese tourists should not be so eager to visit Japan.

By mysterious coincidence, after threatening “further action” China also arrested 4 Japanese on suspicion of photographing military facilities, announcing its plans to charge them with espionage, which carries a possible death sentence in China. China claims the events are unconnected.

The unofficial reaction from the Chinese people has been indignant, with calls for the immediate execution of the captured “spies,” a full boycott of Japanese goods and, of course, an outright invasion. Large scale protests appear to have been prevented by the authorities however.

Chinese scholars were also recently reported as suggesting Japan’s ownership of the Okinawan islands had no legal basis and that as a former vassal of China the islands should belong to China, a claim which has been made a number of times over the years, including by none other than Mao himself.

The US has officially assured Japan that its alliance would cover any Chinese aggression over the islands, whilst recently signalling a harder stance against China’s increasingly bold behaviour through naval visits to China’s neighbours. India, whose territory China occupies, was also recently reported by Chinese media to be aiming its new generation of nuclear missiles at China.

Despite the assurances, Japan’s craven leadership apparently decided to release the captain rather than upset their prospective masters – local prosecutors announced it was “due to the influence on our people, and out of consideration of Sino-Japanese relations” and “because he has no prior convictions.”

Unsurprisingly, the show of weakness has outraged many in Japan who already regard the current JDP administration as spineless Sinophiles set on making Japan a vassal of China – a conclusion which seems likely to become increasingly widely held.

Whilst a victory for China’s brute-fisted “diplomacy,” Japan’s humiliation seems set to poison relations not only between Japan and China, but also between China and its increasingly distrustful neighbours – many of whom will doubtless be looking to America for help lest they fall prey to China’s many other claims.


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    Comment by Anonymous
    04:40 25/09/2010 # ! Good (+0.8)

    i'm a chinese, but i'll still say screw china.

    Comment by Anonymous

    lol, pics of screwing oneself must be very interesting

    Comment by Anonymous

    You mean like how I screwed your mom, your sister, and your grandma last night? Cock suckers like you should just stay in your uncle's basement.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Not as good as when I put my cock in your mouth last night, now that was one good blow.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:54 25/09/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "The crisis over Japan’s detention of a Chinese fisherman accused of ramming a Japanese coast guard ship in a remote group of Japanese islands claimed by China"...

    doesn't this mean that China also knows that the fisher man is the one rammed into the Coast guard of Japan? Coast guard means that it's in the Japanese territory. If without permit to fish there, the captain can be legally detained in japan since it's breach in territory. If the article above is accurate or considered correct that is. The main question here is the ownership of Okinawa?

    I think there is something really going on in their heads.....I'm just disappointed on the backing out of Japan...they didn't consider it if they were in the right or wrong.....oh well....I guess that's how politics work. They need to balance out losses and gains. I wonder if they actually gained anything though.

    I wonder what UN is doing right now?

    It's also disappointing that people in China(people in the article) wants to boycott stuff and war (specially the war) because of this event. Peoples experience can really twist an individuals perspective.

    "unofficial reaction from the Chinese people has been indignant, with calls for the immediate execution of the captured “spies,” a full boycott of Japanese goods and, of course, an outright invasion"

    Things are starting to get personal. I believe something similar also happened concerning Chinaxother country threats. Where the captured "spies" proven to be real spies...I wonder.

    I read the article and all the comments. It was an interesting read.

    Avatar of General Jack D. Ripper
    04:55 25/09/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Those who post that "China should be nuked down to hell!" or "Die Japan, Die!" is like posting that "All Germans should be killed because all of them are Nazis"

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:07 25/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes, that too!!!

    ( ekhem kidding>_> )

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:48 25/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    technically, your 1st 2 statements didn't have reasons on why the should be nuked/die, while your third statement had a reason.

    Avatar of General Jack D. Ripper
    21:37 25/09/2010 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Have you read the older post in this topic as well as on other topics?

    The thing is if one makes a post that "This country and its people must die" is like saying that "All Germans should be killed because they are Nazis" of "All Jews must die because we hate them"

    It's simple as that- condemn one and you are a fascist

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:46 09/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Again, 'This country and its people must die'
    Does not specify a reason.

    'All germans should be killed because they are Nazis'
    holds a specific albeit wrong reasoning.

    You should die Mr Ripper, before you continue to spread poorly defined crap all over the place.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:17 25/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:43 25/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Free a captain fishing in diputed terrotories is considerated raped? lol

    Maybe this is an aftermath of WW2?

    P.S.: the island is really closer to Taiwan though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:48 25/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Living in China,then you can say something.
    Ro fuck yourself.

    If that captain is your people,then you will be more bad


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    Comment by Kouma
    09:09 25/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Your comment makes little sense. Many countries have had their citizens captured overseas. Rarely do their home countries react by taking hostages.

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    Comment by caiooa
    07:28 25/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0) one want Obama to became a new Bush/Clintion (remember kosovo) -_-. And the usa congress won't aprove use of money for more wars, you know. Even if china make a military move, usa won't do anything at all.

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    Comment by Hadoken
    14:31 29/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If China truly makes a military move, I bet a lot of things will happen. U.S. will definitely do something. Maybe not on the surface, but underneath, U.S. will support the opposition with resources and money.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:57 25/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This has me wondering, how will the US respond if this situation had occurred between Taiwan and Japan? The US is bound by international laws and treaties to defend Taiwan against any acts of foreign aggression, but it's also legally bound to defend Japan. The disagreement/claims over these islands are pretty ridiculous, and has been on-going in one form or another for the past century. I personally think it belongs to Taiwan, since a 1944 Tokyo court had determined that the islands are a part of the Taipei Prefecture (name for Taiwan during Japanese administration).

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    Comment by Kouma
    09:12 25/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The US response wouldn't be much different from what it was this time: tell both countries to solve this now before it has long-term effects.

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    Comment by Bioyard
    06:37 25/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Comparing Chinas tactics to getting a civilian released to Americas I'd say China gives more of a damn than we do. Say what you want but all that excessive brute "Democracy" was to free ONE fisherman. We're so concerned with politics that if an American is "arrested" on foreign soil it has to be on every new channel before we give a shit. And even then it takes about 2 years to get them out.

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    Comment by Hadoken
    14:27 29/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's not because a civilian was captured in foreign soil, it's because a civilian was captured by the Japanese, their rival enemy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:25 25/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Gee seems like none of u actually mentioned how a tiny ass fishing vessel is supposed to be ramming a coast guard ship? Those fishing ships are actually the pieces of crap that u can see online etc. While a coast guard ship is an official ship... hmmm...imo and im usually against chinese propaganda, china's right. like hell a tiny little fishing ship was gonna do anything against a coast guard ship. japan brought this on themselves especially because all china asked for initially was to let go of all the crew but japan had to be a dumbass against super hardball china and now lost its dignity.

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    Comment by Master Slavehandler
    03:40 25/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    China needs to be declawed and defanged.

    To put down the threat of the yellow menace, I propose that we weaken china by dividing it. Infiltrate and stir up a rebellion with the aim of granting Taiwan, Hong Kong and Tibet independence. That should weaken the commies sufficiently for an invasion of the mainland.

    If that fails......unleash the power of the atom!!!

    Remember the words of Liberty Prime : "Death is a preferable alternative to Communism, Communism is the very definition of failure."

    Avatar of General Jack D. Ripper
    04:59 25/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh now you want to disarm China so that everyone could curb-stomp them... Try curb-stomping a billion screaming Chinamen with stick and stones

    Comment by Dark Mage
    14:09 25/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lets see my country has 300M they only out number us in the US by 4 to one.
    I would not even have to reload my gun unless I missed more then four times.

    Avatar of General Jack D. Ripper
    21:30 25/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow, so the disarmed Chinese are now like mindless hordes of zombies....

    Avatar of General Jack D. Ripper
    03:52 25/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    He has to remember; "Traditional nationalism cannot survive the fissioning of the atom, one world or none"

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:01 25/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    agreed slavehandler. No not one world. Many worlds many countries but one economic system. Capitalism. The day we declare war on china is the day I join the American Army.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    14:03 25/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd prefer to systematically cut them off economically and let an insurrection occur.
    The people tasted the fruits of capitalism.
    If that prosperity disappeared and they went back to the way things where under Mao they may realize that their leaders have to go.

    As for their dropping the dollar I think it can be handled by switching back to the gold and silver standard or pegging the dollar to oil.
    BTW who says that should effect the US economy we could simply decide that debt simply does not exist and considering the cheap trash it bought we should consider it void.
    The European nations also will likely agree with the US on the debt if China becomes aggressive.

    My goals would be to cause exactly what happened in the USSR.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:50 25/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Good luck trying to cut the economical ties with China. Do you even realize how fast the USA economy would sink? Your solution to China dumping the dollar won't work, and even if it did you're still facing multiple, each in it's own right very severe, problems.

    Comment by Anonymous

    move along ppl, nothing to see here
    fail troll is fail, try harder

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    Comment by Master Slavehandler
    04:03 25/09/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Lol, you communist loving homo. I can smell the china cum in your mouth. You just love servicing your commie overlords am i rite?

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:21 25/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fuck you, Japanese Mass-media and Minshu-tou.(Democratic Party of Japan)
    You are more than corrupt. You are traitor of Japan.

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    Comment by Kouma
    02:57 25/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This may not serve China well in the long run. Taking hostages, severing diplomatic ties, halting economic activity - providing such extreme reactions will only chill relations not just with Japan, but with its other neighbors as well, not to mention its relations with other faraway nations. The US is already making diplomatic inroads in East and Southeast Asia, and many nations are welcoming it.

    Still, this probably won't effect everyone's reliance on China, economically. Such brinkmanship will only continue, and may very well be the norm, as China continues its now-bogus 'peaceful rise' and countries around the world allows themselves to become trade slaves to the large nation.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:02 25/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't know about the geography.
    As shown on the first map, this island shoud belong to PRC or RC.

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    Comment by Kouma
    03:05 25/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Geographically, it's closer to Taiwan than anyone else. After that, it's closer to Okinawa - Japan - than it is to China.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:44 25/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    RC = Taiwan

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:20 25/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    + 1 vote to Taiwan. These islands should be theirs due to location alone. A voice from them goes unheard though as Japan/China's voice are too powerful. But they're in a pinch lately. Them mainland Chinese parties entering the government of Taiwan causing people to revolt.

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    Comment by Artefact

    The current "border" was drawn up based on equidistance between China and Japan (Okinawa). China just wants it all instead.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:16 25/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Its strange that people have resulted to calling people who side with China "brain washed" and the ones who side with Japan "J-culture dependent". What I conclude is that the people here are brainwashing themselves with these assumptions.

    Any "media" is "propaganda". Remember that. That's why we have opinions. So we can break free of the media with our voices. A voice can be used for propelling a good, evil or worthless cause/opinion. We should do our best not to instill fear in each other in the comment box. ^_^ It sounds hateful and actually increases resentment to the ones who type the comments themselves.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:08 25/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


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    Comment by Kouma
    04:31 25/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I had to run this through Google Translate:

    "To your mother had a B, small in Japan, Diaoyu Islands are China! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
    You guys Ximen offspring, go to hell ~"

    I don't get that last part. Care to elaborate?

    Avatar of General Jack D. Ripper
    04:40 25/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's probably like the Japanese saying "Foreigners are evil, go to hell" or something like that but in Chinese and is possibly aimed against Japanese

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:51 25/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    With a neighbor like this what thinks "Go to Roma, act like Roman" is wrong, even Brasil would think like "Foreigner=evil".

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:34 25/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ah I can help translate since I was forced to learn the language for the entirety of compulsory education.

    The Chinese poster over there did the following

    1. Made an insult about your mom
    2. Stated that the islands in questions belong to China
    3. Made an insult about your parentage
    4. Recommended a trip to hell

    Translated by Anon (contextually)

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:02 25/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is the proper translation.

    Fuck you, little Japan. Diaoyu Island belongs to China. The later generations of the 西门庆 can go and die.

    西门庆 is a derogatory term used by the Chinese to describe Japanese during pre World War era, just like how Germans were derogatory referred as Krauts during WW2.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:59 25/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Never trusted china, never will. Expect we will have to go to war with them soon (us being america) and when we do I will be likely to join up. Their crazy political and economic system is a threat to the world. (and I would do this not annonomusly as zaldar) but for some reason it won't let me log in.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:09 25/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I have a feeling all your hate for China comes from accepting all the bad stuff you hear about them. But you tone and what you said scares me. I'll see you on TV fighting your war while I stay here at home living ma'life.

    You should know that the US also greatly dis-stabilizes the world, just look at the middle-east. China and the US are both great powers.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:25 25/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    People here tend to forget one thing: Taiwan and Hongkongnese activists are also protesting against the Japanese in the Diaoyutai-issue, voicing their support for the Chinese trawler-captain.

    This detention is not only a PRC-Japan Issue, but a issue for all Chinese people around the world, no matter if in Taiwan, HK, Singapore or in Western countries - all united in their rightful despise of the illegal mistreatment of their brother by the japanese.

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    04:32 25/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Unfortunately many here don't like China, so it's hard to change their views, heck we even have someone here that got "left behind", clinging to Cold War mentality of the West

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    Comment by Kouma
    04:48 25/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Japanese were right to arrest that man, as he crashed into their patrol boats; I'd expect any nation to do the same. What they did -after- that is debatable.

    Many of those same Han Chinese protesting Japan over this issue are ready and willing to protest Japan on -any- issue, really. Worldwide Han Chinese protests over something the Japanese has done is expected and, as a result, unexceptional to the world at large.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:54 25/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Forget it,that's not something good.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:11 25/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Screw off. I am a Singaporean Chinese and I don't care about what happens between China and Japan. Actually, a lot of my own countrymen hates China people among all the races that immigrate here because they do stupid things like

    1) Not queuing up for things.
    2) Speaking up loudly in trains and buses
    3) Not knowing how to speak a word of English. (Can you imagine going to a restaurant and waiter serving you does not know how to speak English?)
    4) Thinking they are all almighty and powerful because the whole world depends economically on them now

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