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DEC 31, 2012 - Yahoo! News

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Japan releases Chinese caught illegally fishing

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese fishermen detained for illegal fishing in Japan's waters were released Monday after promising to pay a 4.28 million yen ($49,700) fine, China's state news agency Xinhua said, citing the consulate general in Japan's southwestern city of Fukuoka. Xinhua said the detention of the three fishermen for unauthorized coral fishing within Japanese waters was "peacefully resolved" within 48 hours. The detention comes as tensions simmer between China and Japan over ownership of disputed islands near Taiwan, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China. ...

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