A sea patrol boat and a Taiwanese fishing boat come into contact with Japan’s territorial waters off the Senkaku Islands.

A sea patrol boat and a Taiwanese fishing boat come into contact with the Senkaku Islands at 12:21 p.m. on September 28 in Japanese territorial waters.

On the 27th, a Japan Coast Guard patrol boat and a Taiwanese fishing boat came into contact with each other in Japanese territorial waters off the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture. There is no major damage to both hulls and no one was injured.
According to the 11th District Coast Guard Headquarters, a Taiwanese fishing boat came into contact with the Miyakojima Coast Guard patrol vessel “Jima” in Japanese territorial waters off the Senkaku Islands just after 3 p.m. on the 27th.

A Taiwanese fishing boat was operating illegally in Japanese territorial waters, and when patrol boats were running side by side and ordering them to leave the territorial waters, the bow of the fishing boat came into contact with the back of the patrol vessel’s hull.

According to the Coast Guard Headquarters, there were no injuries on both sides, the patrol boat had damaged the cushioning material installed around it to protect the hull, there was no damage to the hull, and the fishing boat apparently saw no major damage.

The fishing boat has since been evacuated from its territorial waters, and the patrol boat continues its normal operations.

Chief Cabinet Secretary “Appropriately Respond to Necessary Investigations”

At a press conference in the morning, Chief Cabinet Secretary Kato said, “We are make appropriate offers to the Taiwanese side immediately after the incident occurred. The contact has not caused any injuries or other damage to the crew of both patrol boats and Taiwanese fishing boats. We have also heard that there has been minor damage to both ships, but it has not interfered with navigation. The Government of Japan would like to conduct necessary investigations and respond appropriately.”