Japan searches for eight Chinese missing off disputed islands
Aug.12, Tokyo: Japan is searching for eight Chinese crewmembers missing after their fishing boat collided with a cargo ship off disputed islands in the East China Sea.
The Japan Coast Guard's search Friday came one day after six other crewmembers were rescued. The Chinese boat apparently sank after colliding with a Greek-flagged ship Thursday off the Japan-controlled Senkaku islands, which China also claims.
The collision occurred as hundreds of Chinese fishing boats have been swarming around the islands since early August with the start of the mackerel season.
Up to 15 Chinese coast guard vessels — four times the usual number — were also in the area, prompting a Japanese protest.
The Oslo Times International News Network