Chinese 1000 Fishing Boat "Armada" Not Headed To Senkaku Islands, Japan Coast Guard Says

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Over the past week much has been made over a picture of what appears to be hundreds of Chinese fishing boats which subsequent media plot goalseeking "assured" was headed toward the Senkaku islands.

Turns out this may have been merely wishful sensationalist thinking on behalf of the press. According to JIJI press, information that a large number of Chinese fishing boats are heading for the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture is false, the chief of a Japan Coast Guard office in the southern prefecture said Tuesday. "Hiroshi Majima, who heads the 11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters in Naha, told Okinawa Lieutenant Governor Yoshiyuki Uehara visiting the office that talk of the fishing season's start and the departures of Chinese boats from their ports may have been misunderstood. According to the coast guard headquarters, China's fishing season stops every year in June-September in the East China Sea, where the islands are located. This year, the ban was lifted on Sunday. According to Uehara, Majima told him said that there is no evidence that Chinese fishing boats are gathering near Okinawa. In their meeting, Uehara requested the coast guard ensure the safety of Okinawa fishermen who operate in waters around to the islands."

So while there may be no 21st century Armada event (yet), it still remains to be seen just how Japan will diffuse the Senkaku situation because last we checked China has not agreed to cede what it certainly believes is its sovereign territory. What is worse is that this is merely the first of many such "disputed" incidents. Depending on how Japan resolves the Senkaku issue, many others may and will come knocking. From Kyodo:

Japan at diplomatic standstill amid multiple territorial disputes


While recent headlines have fixated on a flare-up between Japan and China over competing claims to Japanese-controlled islands in the East China Sea, Tokyo also faces major diplomatic challenges in the form of territorial disputes with South Korea and Russia.


As anti-Japan protests erupted across China and Chinese vessels closed in on the Senkaku Islands, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's government appeared stunned by China's fierce reactions to Tokyo's purchase of a major part of the islands from a private Japanese owner.


The Sept. 11 purchase of the islands, known to Chinese as Diaoyu, was "aimed not to cause ripples," a Japanese government source said. "I don't understand why it turned out this way."

All that remains is for Japan to eventually yield to China and in the process invite Russia and Korea to demand more concessions, further impairing Japanese nationalist spirits. As it turns out, being caught between a (literal) rock and 3 hard cases may not have been the best of diplomatic positions for the deflating economy to find itself in. But everything in the name of temporary diversions from what is truly important.

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Thu, 09/20/2012 - 08:34 | 2814372 GetZeeGold
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Even if it had been true it wouldn't have been all that impressive.


Hell it's just a 1000......can't even get a parking spot in the Strait of Hormuz.


Thu, 09/20/2012 - 08:47 | 2814429 q99x2
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Even if I were a fish I'd still be worried.

Thu, 09/20/2012 - 08:53 | 2814449 CPL
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Gillnets...Gillnets! Everywhere.

Thu, 09/20/2012 - 09:58 | 2814769 Precious
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Same idea didn't work out well for the Chinese in two previous tries.

Thu, 09/20/2012 - 12:56 | 2815399 dugorama
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Yeah, well the Chinese claim soverignty over Tibet, Mongolia, Taiwan, ... what's next?  any place with oil or gas near one of their new borders.  Waiting for them to "cede soverignty" will be a long wait indeed.  Just because they mold our our cheap plastic crap doesn't mean I feel the need to cede the world to them.

Thu, 09/20/2012 - 14:25 | 2815599 akak
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Yeah, well the Chinese claim soverignty over Tibet, Mongolia, Taiwan, ... what's next?  any place with oil or gas near one of their new borders.

According to our resident expert in such matters, it is called "blobbing-up".

Thu, 09/20/2012 - 14:31 | 2815714 AnAnonymous
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well the Chinese claim soverignty over Tibet, Mongolia, Taiwan,


That is a good one. The claim of sovereignty over Mongolia comes from Taiwan... You know, that island that is supported by 'american' nations on ground of respect of sovereignty.

But one point is right: they are all yellow skinned, which is the mattering point for 'americans'....

Thu, 09/20/2012 - 14:49 | 2815764 akak
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The claim of sovereignty over Mongolia comes from Taiwan...

Taiwan claiming Mongolia?

What the fuck are you babbling about now??

Really, I have to ask: do you invent this crazy shit yourself, on the fly, or do you take it verbatim from The Little Red Book of Insanitation?

Thu, 09/20/2012 - 14:57 | 2815794 AnAnonymous
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Nah, I simply live in the real world, a world that 'americans' can not bear to live in. They prefer fantasy over it and as shown here, are constrained in claiming that people who report about the real world are fantasists...

 Even Wikipedia has it though _________________________________

 Officially, the ROC government has claimed sovereignty over all of "China", in a definition that includes mainland China and Mongolia, as well as Taiwan, via the ROC Constitution _________________________________________

 ROC being Republic Of China that is Taiwan. Worth mentioning as 'Americans' are known to relish in exhibiting their ignorance. But hey, US citizenism is as US citizen does. So...

Thu, 09/20/2012 - 15:02 | 2815810 fuu
Thu, 09/20/2012 - 15:19 | 2815885 akak
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Obviously just a cheap knockoff Chinese (Citizenism) forgery.

Thu, 09/20/2012 - 15:21 | 2815894 fuu
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Damn and I paid good ferns for mine.

Thu, 09/20/2012 - 16:13 | 2816060 straightershooter
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Man, you had no idea?

It is in the Constitution of Republic of China, defeated under the auspice of the US of A by the Communist party of Chairman Mao in the civil war (see, anyone with the help of US of A wold lost each and every time , see Vietnam, etc),relocated to the province of Taiwan. So, Taiwan is not a country name, it is a state name, like California.

Mangolia was part of the Ching Dynasty which was overthrown, guess what, by the Republic of China in 1911. So, Republic of China inherited the territory of Ching Dynasty which included Mangolia.

Imagine for a moment. If North did not win Civil war conclusively and Texas remains undefeated, then you would have  something like the " Do-not-mess-Us Texas of America".

That's what we have here in tems of China. One "People's Republic of China" and one "Republic of china". So, it is really comprehensible why China Claims Taiwan as indivisible, just like United States of America would have claimed Texas if Texas remains undefeated in the Civil war.

So, Tibet, etc., etc., same situation. Indivisible from China? Got it?


Thu, 09/20/2012 - 23:29 | 2816903 Cosimo de Medici
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Actually it is the mainland that is the renegade province and Taiwan is the rightful ruler.  The former leaders of Taiwan did, in fact, rule over parts of the mainland renegade province, while the self-appointed CP has not ruled over Taiwan for even one second in history.

Thu, 09/20/2012 - 08:29 | 2814373 giovanni_f
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chinese know history and fear a third kamikaze

Thu, 09/20/2012 - 08:46 | 2814424 Stoploss
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It's a sight seeing tour, just ignore the rifles and grenade launchers..

Thu, 09/20/2012 - 08:59 | 2814474 CPL
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And the independently assigned and complimentry chinese attache political/cultural adviser on each boat.  

Man, they broadcast like anything happening.  I don't think they are trained either.   Captain having coffee, 2nd mate skratching a 15 year old with a cell phone on the first day of's all just so new and exciting!!  Or they've invited bloggers to haul or the other.


Thu, 09/20/2012 - 09:12 | 2814542 TIMBEEER
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No worries, AnAnonymous can be seen on the deck of one of the boats, trying to burn the wet American flag.

Thu, 09/20/2012 - 15:22 | 2815896 akak
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Actually, his problems in igniting it stem not from the flag being wet, but from using cheap Chinese-made matches, which instead of being tipped with the proper phosphorus chemicals were instead merely dipped into lead and melamine.

Thu, 09/20/2012 - 22:20 | 2816772 MayIMommaDogFac...
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probably mongolian matches...

Thu, 09/20/2012 - 16:15 | 2816077 straightershooter
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So called "Kamikaze" was invented by Chinese, copied by Japanese.

Thu, 09/20/2012 - 08:33 | 2814383 mckee
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They just wanted fish?

Thu, 09/20/2012 - 09:06 | 2814503 LongSoupLine
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Nah...They're just filled with Chinese gold and are about to have one massive boating accident.

Thu, 09/20/2012 - 22:22 | 2816775 MayIMommaDogFac...
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filled with Chinese gold

Is that a euphemism for tungsten?

Thu, 09/20/2012 - 08:35 | 2814390 agNau
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Sushi Summit ?

Thu, 09/20/2012 - 08:42 | 2814409 Dr Benway
Thu, 09/20/2012 - 08:37 | 2814391 Mercury
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The ultimate Fuckawi race...

Thu, 09/20/2012 - 08:36 | 2814392 Schmuck Raker
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I hope they all reach Vancouver safely. God speed.

(How much gold are they carrying?)

Thu, 09/20/2012 - 08:37 | 2814399 kralizec
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It appears I just read this article for the halibut.

Thu, 09/20/2012 - 08:38 | 2814400 buzzsaw99
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I would advise that they not fish near the fuku beach

Thu, 09/20/2012 - 08:38 | 2814401 orangedrinkandchips
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Thu, 09/20/2012 - 08:39 | 2814405 dick cheneys ghost
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What is Apple's position?

Thu, 09/20/2012 - 08:43 | 2814415 Martin Silenus
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Buy shares in iTuna!

Thu, 09/20/2012 - 08:43 | 2814414 I am a Man I am...
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Thu, 09/20/2012 - 08:47 | 2814425 LULZBank
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Its just the pilgrims.

Thu, 09/20/2012 - 08:51 | 2814441 adr
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The Okinawans don't like the Japanese all that much either. The Japanese see them as second class citizens. They are just above the Koreans.

The Japanese hiearchy of respect:

South Japanese
North Japanese
The rest of the developed world

What it means is if there is anyone from a higher group in the room the Japanese will listen to anyone of them before they listen to you. Americans think the USA wrote the book on racism. American blacks would beg for the 1800s South if they were subject to the level of Chinese racism in Japan.

Thu, 09/20/2012 - 08:54 | 2814454 LULZBank
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Nihon gin Vs Gai gin.

Thu, 09/20/2012 - 09:52 | 2814732 Peachfuzz
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I'll have the Bombay then cause if it's good enough for Demo Dick, it's good enough for me.

Thu, 09/20/2012 - 08:55 | 2814460 sessinpo
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hiearchy of respect: This applies to everyone from any nationality. It even applies to people of the same nationality.


Everyone else


Thu, 09/20/2012 - 09:10 | 2814533 LULZBank
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True.. but me and everyone else makes sense but when the hierarchy is like that, its absurd.

For e.g. in South Africa.. Whites and Japanese are regarded as first class while Hispanics and Chinese the second class and then the blacks, while Chinese and Japanese are like similar people in terms of race.

Thu, 09/20/2012 - 09:11 | 2814512 BigInJapan
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I'd put "Rich Japanese" at the top of that list.

Japanese revere the rich so much it sickens me. 

I've never met a Japanese woman married to a truly rich man that didn't call her own husband (insert name)-san. This spans all ages groups.

Thu, 09/20/2012 - 09:20 | 2814584 LULZBank
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Its quite the same in Switzerland.. Its always Herr (insert name) .. even in bed.. a friend of mine told me!! lol

Thu, 09/20/2012 - 10:02 | 2814787 the tower
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BS... your friend is pulling your leg...

Thu, 09/20/2012 - 10:07 | 2814807 LULZBank
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Couuld be... but he says he heard them (his neighbours) in bed at night.. Was funny as hell though... lol

Thu, 09/20/2012 - 09:37 | 2814666 giovanni_f
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The Okinawans love Americans, though

Thu, 09/20/2012 - 10:26 | 2814884 Mine Is Bigger
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Are you a Chinese living in Japan?

It is true the Japanese society has strong racist tendencies.

But I can bet a trillion yen your "hierachy of respect" is completely wrong.


Thu, 09/20/2012 - 08:53 | 2814446 robertocarlos
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Glad that's over. We can now muddle through for the next ten years or so. At that time the largest group of Boomers will retire having turned 65. 

Thu, 09/20/2012 - 08:58 | 2814471 Sudden Debt
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Thu, 09/20/2012 - 09:28 | 2814617 Urban Redneck
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Right up there with their current naval capabilities, but since Japan pulled of the transition from crap to quality manufacturing, there is no reason the Chinese can't (given enough time).

Thu, 09/20/2012 - 09:05 | 2814499 Son of Loki
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What?! I watched some TV news last night that showed Chinese fishermen returning from those islands with hundreds of thousands of fish. They said the Japanese helicopters flew over their boats but did not bother them.

I don't know whom to believe anymore.

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