Japan’s ambassador to Russia is pressing Moscow for more details on the fatal shooting of a Japanese fisherman in disputed waters. He died after a Russian patrol boat fired on a fishing vessel near a chain of islands, claimed by both sides. The incident has sparked another diplomatic row between the two countries. The Russian foreign ministry said the man must have been hit by a stray bullet as warning shots were being fired.
Ambassador Yasuo Saito said he also demanded the return of the victim’s body and the release of the three other crew members and their vessel. Meanwhile, Japanese coast guards clashed with people on a ship from Taiwan that had approached another group of contested islands in the East China Sea. The protesters were also angry at the Japanese prime minister’s recent visit to a shrine for Japan’s war dead and World War Two leaders convicted as war criminals. The rocky outcrops in the East China Sea are claimed by Japan, China and Taiwan.