A Japanese destroyer collided with a Chinese fishing boat within the East China Sea on Monday night time however nobody was injured or lacking, Japan’s Defence Ministry stated.
The collision precipitated a gap within the destroyer Shimakaze above its waterline, however it was nonetheless in a position to move by itself, the ministry added.
In a social media put up on Tuesday, Defence Minister Taro Kono stated the incident occurred about 650 kilometres (400 miles) west of the Japanese island of Yakushima.
“No personnel were injured and no one from the Chinese fishing boat was missing. We are checking details,” Kono wrote.
The reason behind the collision and different particulars together with the ships’ actions earlier than the accident are below investigation, the ministry stated.
The web site of the accident off Yakushima Island, is way to the north of an space disputed between the 2 nations, it stated.
Japan and China have disputes over Japanese controlled-islands that China additionally claims.
The uninhabited islets are known as Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese.
In current months, Japan has bolstered its defence of the disputed islets with the institution of a particular police unit armed with computerized weapons.
The police, based mostly on the southern island of Okinawa, are to be deployed to the disputed islands within the occasion of an “illegal landing by an armed group,” public broadcaster NHK reported beforehand.
Japan’s navy and coastguard have boosted their positions across the disputed islands however it’s the first time that the police have arrange a unit within the area to assist defend the territory.